Welwyn Garden City subsidence to be investigated

A DEPRESSION in a WGC road is to be investigated this month.

From Monday, January 25, a section of Daniells, in Panshanger, will be closed as Herts County Council looks to seek the cause of subsidence.

In the last year specialist engineering consultants carried out initial ground investigations beneath the road following damage to the road surface.

This initial survey proved inconclusive so Hertfordshire Highways will be drilling holes along the road surface so electronic probes can be inserted to provide a detailed scan of the layers of ground underneath the road.

The work will continue for around a month (weather permitting) and will close Daniells between The Moors and Upper Shot.

The official diversion route is along Daniells, Herns Lane and back into Daniells.

During the closure, pedestrian access will be unaffected.

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Access to driveways may be available when the works are not in progress (evenings and weekends) but it is unlikely that residents will be able to access their properties by car during the day.

If needs be, residents have been asked to park their vehicles safely on another part of the road.

It is possible that The Moors might also have to be closed for a few days between 9am and 5pm while work is carried out.

If a closure is to be put in place, signs will be put up in advance to warn residents.

Access will be maintained to the shop in Westfield.

Stuart Pile, Executive Member for Highways and Transport, said: “We apologise for the disruption and inconvenience that these works are likely to cause but hope residents appreciate the need to carry out the investigation and the difficulty in trying to accommodate vehicle access while carrying out the work. The work will be carried out as quickly and efficiently as possible in order to minimise disruption, while allowing for a fully detailed investigation.

“We will provide a further update to residents within four months of completing the investigation. In this next update we aim to set out the findings and will be able to say if any future action is necessary and, if so, what form it might take.”

Local bus companies are aware of the road closure and are making alternative arrangements where necessary.

For further information about any potential service changes, visit the Service Disruptions page on Hertfordshire’s Intalink website www.intalink.org.uk or call 0300 123 4050.