Good morning everyone

We are writing to let you know that the above repair work is due to commence at the end of this month. Following the emergency closure carried out in August of last year and the feedback we received from local residents and businesses, the permanent rock stabilisation work has been designed specifically so that the road will largely be kept open throughout the programme. This has made the duration longer, but with less disruption to the travelling public.

Week commencing 22nd April, we will be on site and begin building the scaffolding within the existing lane closure and traffic management. The following week the drilling rig will be mobilised to site and we will begin drilling in to the slope. This can be a noisy process, however the majority of the work will be carried out during the daytime and every effort will be made to keep disturbance to a minimum.

Next, rows of soil nails (up to ten metres in length) will be installed in to the slope and cement-grouted in place. Commencing Monday 3rd June, the road will need to be closed for up to two weeks, so that the concrete blocks can be removed and the bottom row of soil nails installed.

Following this and with the road re-opened under priority lane traffic management, stabilising, geotechnical, mesh and netting will be fixed and bolted in place with flat, metal plates. Finally the retaining wall itself will be reconstructed and landscaping done, before the site is demobilised at around the end of July.

The programme and method of work have been designed around keeping the road open as much as possible. However for the plant and equipment needed, this is a small operating space. If any safety concerns arise, or if delivery of materials require it, then temporary closures will need to be put in place. Please be assured that this will be avoided as much as possible, but the safety of our workforce and the general public is of greatest importance.

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience you may experience. We understand that this may cause disruption to those living in the vicinity and appreciate your patience and understanding whilst we carry out this essential work.  If you have any queries or concerns, or would like to speak to someone about this, please call 0300 1234 222, email us at   or visit