Funding boost for A67 Carlbury landslip repairs as £2.4m Government grant is confirmed

The Northern Echo: The scene at the site of the landslip on the A67 yesterday The scene at the site of the landslip on the A67 yesterday

A COMMUTER route left badly damaged by a landslip is set to be repaired after the Government awarded a £2.4m grant to the local authority.

The news of the funding for the A67 at Carlbury, near Darlington, will come as a relief to thousands of motorists who have had to deal with months of diversions and one-way systems while investigations took place into the cause of the landslip.

Repairs to a 385-metre section of the embankment above the River Tees, using huge anchors to support the road, are expected to cost £4m.

It is hoped that work on the damaged highway will begin in May, although further detailed investigations into the state of the road will be carried out in January.

The £2.4m grant from the Government’s Pinch Point Fund will be added to £878,000 pledged by Darlington Borough Council and £596,000 from Northumbrian Water Limited.

The news of the grant from the Government’s Pinch Point Fund has been welcomed by the region’s MPs and councillors, who had worked together to lobby Robert Goodwill, parliamentary under secretary of state for transport, to release the funding.

Phil Wilson, MP for Sedgefield, said he was delighted to hear the bid for funding had been successful.

“There’s been a lot of hard work from Darlington Borough Council in putting the application for funding together,” he said. “Myself, Jenny Chapman and Helen Goodman also met with the minister.

“I look forward to the road being fixed and put right.”

Darlington MP Ms Chapman said: “I’m sure this will be a huge relief to everyone that relies on that piece of road. When we met with the minister we felt it was very positive so I’m pleased that the decision has come through.”

Councillor Bill Dixon, leader of Darlington Borough Council, said: “This is brilliant news and will be celebrated throughout the local community.

“The council put together a strong case for the funding and I am delighted that this has been recognised. We have worked with our partners, Northumbrian Water Limited, and I would like to thank them for their input and associated work on the slip.”

Councillor Heather Scott, leader of the Conservative group on the council, who also met with Mr Goodwill on the issue, said: “This news will be a fantastic Christmas bonus for Darlington and its neighbours in Teesdale and Tees Valley.”

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7:13am Fri 13 Dec 13

Darloresident says...

Well done to all concerned.
Never really understood how the funding for arterial roads works.However .I assume the Council must have money given to them by central government specifically for road repairs.If a major repair is needed that could not be foreseen and is costly then more cash can be made available depending on the circumstances and the case made..
Nearly a million pounds contribution from DBC is still though a lot of cash that apparantely it doesnt have...
Well done to all concerned. Never really understood how the funding for arterial roads works.However .I assume the Council must have money given to them by central government specifically for road repairs.If a major repair is needed that could not be foreseen and is costly then more cash can be made available depending on the circumstances and the case made.. Nearly a million pounds contribution from DBC is still though a lot of cash that apparantely it doesnt have... Darloresident

9:37am Fri 13 Dec 13

David Lacey says...

A good solution. Well done everyone.
A good solution. Well done everyone. David Lacey

10:16am Fri 13 Dec 13

stevegg says...

Lets hope the anchor system used is better than the one installed on Ovington Bridge embankments at huge cost which collapsed in October 2012 less than 12 months after its installation leading to a 10 month complete road closure in the village and further huge cost at taxpayers expense to reinstate. Knowing how DBC operates they will not demand any guaruntees from the contractors and foot any overuns or similar occurrences out of the public purse.
Lets hope the anchor system used is better than the one installed on Ovington Bridge embankments at huge cost which collapsed in October 2012 less than 12 months after its installation leading to a 10 month complete road closure in the village and further huge cost at taxpayers expense to reinstate. Knowing how DBC operates they will not demand any guaruntees from the contractors and foot any overuns or similar occurrences out of the public purse. stevegg

8:40am Mon 16 Dec 13

giggitty says...

Come on everyone........Wher
e are you?

There must be a more negative spin someone can put on this?
Come on everyone........Wher e are you? There must be a more negative spin someone can put on this? giggitty

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