Landslide Welwyn road may partially reopen at the weekend

PUBLISHED: 12:19 30 October 2013 | UPDATED: 12:20 30 October 2013

A crane on site at London Road

A crane on site at London Road


A village road which has been closed for nearly three weeks amid fears of a landslide will not fully re-open until the middle of next month.

London Road in Welwyn has been sealed since October 11 amid fears there could be a landslide.

Last week the Welwyn Hatfield Times revealed that specialist contractors had been drafted in to assess the situation, and yesterday (Tuesday) work began to bring the road back into use.

Welwyn county councillor, Richard Smith, believes temporary work to ensure one controlled lane of traffic – that will flow both ways – will be finished by Sunday.

And that the transport artery will be fully opened by November 16, However Monday’s storm means they could finish a day late.

Cllr Smith, who is also chairman of the authority, fears the closed road has hit the village’s traders.

“Welwyn is open for business,” he said.

“I can understand some of the traders feel they are suffering from this closure. I can’t prove that one way or another.

“But getting the message out that Welwyn is still open for business would be very helpful.”

However Hertfordshire County Council will not be drawn on details and would not reveal when vehicles would again roll along the blacktop.

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