Undercliff closed after latest landslip

By a County Press reporter

Monday, February 10, 2014

 

Undercliff closed after latest landslip

Damage following land movement at Undercliff Drive

STORMS and flooding have been blamed for a landslip that has led to the closure of Undercliff Drive.

An Island Roads spokeswoman said the latest landslip, at the weekend, had made the road impassable for vehicles.

She said: "The geotechnical works at the Undercliff which are taking place in four sections of the highway have been progressing well and in accordance with our planned programme of work.  

"However, at one of these sections, close to the caravan park, the recent storms and flooding has resulted in significant ground movement which has caused further damage to the highway.  

"We have been undertaking daily visits to inspect the site to try and keep the road open, however following further ground movement over the weekend, the road condition means it is now impassable for vehicle traffic.  

"We have therefore taken the decision to close the road to all but pedestrian traffic and will be closely monitoring it over the next few days before making a decision about the continuation of works in this area.  

"We are keeping local residents and businesses in the affected area informed and will be updating them on any decisions we make.  Work on the remaining sections of the Undercliff is unaffected and is continuing as normal."

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by Russell Palin

12th February 2014, at 19:25:35

political rubbish, over paaid rubbish at that.
Politicians need to stop the rot of people not beeing in a job for long enough to know it.
Job for life means safe floodplains, rivers, forests... etc

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by Russell Palin

12th February 2014, at 19:23:32

I recall 110 billion over 10 years, from somewhere?
Now flood protection, drain updating, railway updating, road updating,
Over the next 10 years we need to do this work, we are not superhuman and therefore can not do it in a single year or two.....
landslip mitigation takes years so does over seas aid does it not?
I hope this spring does not go anywhere near snow, please let spring be normal.We have all witnessed it worse than ever before in recorded history now, this sort of weather may become more likely, we need to be ready, money needs a wise voyage through political turmoil of modern life.
Every five years there is a danger that political will outpaces commonsense is some sort of all encompassing race, where the politicians of whatever party see who can avoid answering anything directly.
This is why we have worn our road, rail, river and coastal infrastructures....LOL
We now pay the price of not listening to people that have done those jobs since the year dot because of p

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by Nick Peters

12th February 2014, at 06:22:38

good luck. with the entire undercliff from ventnor to niton being built on an active landslip, repairs are like trying to stop skin cancer with a plaster. good ground and surface water control is the key to reducing risks on this world famous landslip.

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by alan naylor

11th February 2014, at 22:34:28

take away fresh water lose our electriciy and gas and we are worse than a third world country given the size of our population and infrustuture and that CAN happen our peers want to wake up Charles remarks do not help

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by alan naylor

11th February 2014, at 22:34:25

take away fresh water lose our electriciy and gas and we are worse than a third world country given the size of our population and infrustuture and that CAN happen our peers want to wake up Charles remarks do not help

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by Steve Smith

11th February 2014, at 20:56:46

@Russell,

It is not £110 billion only one tenth of that £11 (0.7% of Gross National Income) I think you misplaced the decimal point

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by Steve Smith

11th February 2014, at 20:56:45

@Russell,

It is not £110 billion only one tenth of that £11 (0.7% of Gross National Income) I think you misplaced the decimal point

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by David Blackford

11th February 2014, at 16:21:35

Going, going..........................gone?

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by jilly elston

11th February 2014, at 16:16:39

This section of the road has been a single road for years, between the lights, the section that has gone down is never used by cars, it may have eaten into the single track a bit but surely this can be built up and still used? I hope this isn't a cop out to close the beautiful Undercliff Drive because the drive through Whitwell and Niton is an absolute nightmare due to the state of the roads

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by Colin Barton

11th February 2014, at 14:06:49

Russell you are right charity begins at home get rid of illegals and spend some money over here on us!

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