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Landslide on A40 cleared at last

A landslide two winters ago that closed a section of the eastbound A40 near Glasshouse Lane has finally been repaired.

Initially, the February 2021 slip saw closure with temporary traffic signals so that assessment and survey work could be carried out, as well as the reduction of water levels.

A National Highways spokeman said: "Following the first phase of the project, the road has been fully closed since August between Saunders Close and Sterrys Lane to enable contractors South West Highways (Eurovia) to undertake the complex second phase of the scheme to reconstruct the embankment and carriageway."

During the 24/7 closure, local traffic has been diverted via the A4136 to Longhope and the B4224 to rejoin the A40, with HGVs and through traffic diverted via the A417 to Bromsbarrow and the M50 to Ross-on-Wye.

With the eastbound direction now reopened, two-way traffic signals are in place until replanting and de-mobilisation work is completed. In all, the repair bill totals £3.5m.

"This work is scheduled to finish next month, at which point all traffic management will be removed."

Guy Swains, Geotechnical Engineering Team manager said: "We're delighted that we are finally able to reopen this vital stretch of road. Thanks to the 'design and build' nature of the partnership with South West Highways, we were able to move straight from design into construction, saving valuable time and helping us to complete the work as quickly as possible."

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