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A40 rockfall: Proposals for clearance plan put forward

Work to clear the A40 on the Herefordshire/Monmouthshire border following a rockfall has taken a large step forward with a series of proposals put forward to remove the debris.

Traffic management specialists have drawn up four options which will enable roadworkers safe working space at Leys Bend for the debris to be removed and for more detailed surveys to be carried out on the embankment.

One lane is currently closed on the eastbound carriageway with a temporary concrete barrier in place to stop any further rocks falling into the path of traffic.

National Highways Route Manager, Joseph Walmsley, said: “We need to strike a balance between getting the debris removed as safely and as soon as possible, but also minimising disruption on this busy route for drivers and local communities.

“Our experts have now devised four options for closing the road to enable the removal to take place but we want to get input from our key stakeholders and local authorities to make sure we choose the option that will best suit everyone. Safety is always our priority which is why we have had to partially close the road but we are aware of the disruption this incident has caused and are anxious to limit any further disturbance as much as possible.”

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