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Exploration Work To Start On Beaminster Tunnel

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7:41am 17th August 2012

Engineers are about to start work on the collapsed Beaminster Tunnel.

The road's been blocked since the 7th of July when a landslide buried a couple in their car- killing both of them.

It's been closed since then because of the danger of further landslides.

Director for Environment at Dorset County Council, Miles Butler told Wessex FM they'll begin by making boreholes in the hillside to see what state it's in.

Local people have suggested a range of options which include demolishing the tunnel and building a new road or hillside.

It's thought that could take several years for an agreement to be reached and that access needs to be sorted sooner than that.

Director for environment Miles Butler said: “While I understand that local people want a quick solution, we need to make sure that we carefully consider the alternatives. This requires preliminary work which is now underway. We have a good relationship with our consultants who will provide the information we need as soon as they can.”

People will be kept up-to-date with the project through meetings, regular updates to parish, town and district councils and via dorsetforyou.com/beaminstertunnel

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