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Special funding sought for A67 landslip repairs

Darlington Borough Council (DBC) has made a bid for a £4M share of the Department of Transport’s £55M Pinch Point fund to cover the costs of repairs to the A67 which has been closed since a landslip in February.

Ground investigations at Low Carlbury have revealed that the ground instability is caused by two separate active landslips that extend over almost a 400m length of the A67 embankment.

The ground movement also threatens a water main owned by Northumbrian Water, which has worked in partnership with BDC to investigate the problem. Under the Pinch Point application, DBC will contribute £878,000 to the costs, while Northumbrian Water has committed £569,000.

“There will be immense competition nationally for this funding and DBC has presented a strong strategic and commercial case to the DfT,” said BDC cabinet member for transport David Lyonette. “Darlington is the Gateway to the Tees Valley and Barnard Castle is the Gateway to Teesdale, with the A67 as main transport route between these sub-regions.
“A permanent solution to this situation will solve a number of issues. It will give road users peace of mind and reduce travel times for more than 8,000 vehicles a day. It will help protect business and local jobs and also protect the water supply to a large number of homes across Teesside.”

Lyonette added that he hoped a decision regarding the funding will be made next month and that if the money is not secured then the council would be faced with reopening the road under speed restrictions and potential for further closures if ground movement occurs.

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