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Preparatory work starts on Forest of Dean landslide repairs

Work to stabilise a landslip in the Forest of Dean is about to get underway almost a year after a ground movement led to the road being closed.

The deep seated nature of the landslide affecting Hawthorns Road has been a challenge for Gloucestershire County Council’s engineering team but work is now due to start on a two month soil nailing scheme to stabilise the failure.

According to the council, the slip circle of the landslide lies 30m below the road and is also next to a high pressure gas main that serves 14,000 properties in the area.

“This is huge job and with the added complication of a high pressure gas main, we have to make sure we get it right,” said Gloucestershire County Council cabinet member for Vernon Smith. “Our teams will be working as quickly and efficiently as possible and, all being well, the road should be re-opened in early 2014.”

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