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Options For Beaminster Tunnel To Be Revealed

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10:20am 25th September 2012

We'll be told at a public meeting next month whether there's a chance of re-opening the Beaminster Tunnel.

So far , engineers have dug five boreholes up to 25 metres deep into the hillside there.

Results should be back by the meeting, scheduled for Thursday October 18th starting at 6.30pm in Beaminster's Public Hall.

One avenue being investigated is the possibility of a temporary shield being put in place to open the road in the short term.

It's been closed since the landslip in July in which two people died.

Diversions have been in place ever since on the A3066, the main route from Beaminster to Crewkerne.

Cabinet holder for highways Cllr Peter Finney said: “We are working extremely hard to get the information we need to make the right choice for Beaminster Tunnel.

“With a structure like the Beaminster Tunnel, the possible solutions are not always apparent immediately. Our engineers need to undertake detailed examination to ensure they reach the best possible solution.

“Please come to the meeting, listen to the experts and ask any questions you have.”

As soon as the feasibility of the various options becomes clear, information will be available at http://www.dorsetforyou.com/beaminstertunnel

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