Flood-damaged A431 in Somerset 'shut for six months'

A431 junction with Penn Hill Road The road is shut between Penn Hill Road, in Bath (pictured), and Kelston

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A main road between Bristol and Bath which was damaged by flooding will remain closed for six months.

Part of the A431 Kelston Road was shut in mid-February amid concerns that subsidence could lead to a "catastrophic" or "fatal" landslip.

Bath and North East Somerset Council said the safety of the public was paramount.

The closure, between Penn Hill Road in Bath and Brewery Hill, Kelston, is also reported to be impacting businesses.

Dean Chappell, manager of the Old Crown pub at Kelston, previously said takings were down by up to 40%.

'At least six months'

Bath and North East Somerset Council said it was using CCTV, ground radar technology, engineering experts and drilling rigs in an attempt to find out what was happening underground.

"The works so far have indicated that the ground is slipping by as much as seven metres below the road surface," a council spokesperson said.

"Due to the complexity of this problem, the council will need to complete an analysis and design of permanent works to carry out the best repair in terms of cost, effectiveness and completion time.

"Based upon a comparison with similar landslips elsewhere in the country the works will take at least six months to complete."

Diversions are in place inbound via A431 to Willsbridge, A4175 towards the Hicks Gate roundabout, A4 Keynsham bypass, towards the Globe roundabout, A36 Lower Bristol Road, across Windsor Bridge Road, rejoining A431 at Newbridge Hill.

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