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Council updates on closure of B4069 Lyneham Banks

Wiltshire Council has updated on the emergency closure of the B4069 Lyneham Banks, caused by a major land slip that has damaged the highway.

Published 24 February 2022
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Wiltshire Council has updated on the emergency closure of the B4069 Lyneham Banks, caused by a major land slip that has damaged the highway.

The council has installed temporary signage to stop vehicles from using the route, and is currently sourcing bespoke signage to alert drivers of the closure well in advance. However, this signage may take a week or so to arrive.

The council is also considering other measures, including changes to the nearby single-track road known as Clack Hill, as it is not suitable for large volumes of vehicles.

Cllr Dr Mark McClelland, Cabinet Member for Transport, said: We apologise to anyone inconvenienced by the closure to the B4069 Lyneham Banks, and we are working quickly to improve the situation in the medium-term.

The road has suffered some major damage that will take a long time to fix, and at a significant cost that could run over £1m.

We're currently installing extra temporary signage to give people more advance warning of the closure, and we have more permanent signs on order to help drivers to avoid the area. We're also looking to change the use of Clack Hill to help prevent some of the traffic issues locally.

Restoring this road is going to take a very long time; we first have to establish the cause, and then the remedy. This is a major civil engineering project that could take into 2023 to resolve, so unfortunately people should be prepared for the closure to be in place for a long time to come.

An official diversion route is in place, and we would urge motorists to follow this route to avoid congestion. Access to local businesses has been maintained, and we'd encourage people to continue to support businesses that may be affected by this emergency closure.

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