St Martins Hill, Looe slope failure

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Please note since the landslip on 22 March 2013, you can view the latest updates on the incident in Looe on our Looe latest page.

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The information below will continue to be updated once the situation becomes clearer.

March 2013

Progress update March on the roadwords on St Martins Hill in Looe

February 2013

Update to on the roadworks on St Martins Hill in Looe.

January 2013

Following a significant failure of the embankment approximately 20 meters from the junction of St Martins Hill and Sandplace Road that undermined sections of the carriageway, Cornwall Council took the decision to close Sandplace Road and operate traffic lights on St Martin Hill.

Following a detailed inspection and assessment of the site, engineers from CORMAC Solutions Ltd, the Council’s highways service provider, and staff from the transportation and environment services have agreed a long term solution to stabilise the road.   This will include using mini concrete piles which will be driven into the surface of the road at one metre intervals.

Update to on the roadworks on St Martins Hill in Looe.

View our leaflet on the roadworks on St Martin's Hill in Looe.

CORMAC are currently in discussions with a specialist contractor over plans to start work on stabilising the top section of St Martin’s Lane in Looe where cracks have appeared in the edge of the carriageway following the recent land slips.

As a result of the land slip the Council has had to shut a short section of the A387 at this point for the foreseeable future whilst repairs are undertaken to this part of the B3253.  The B3253 remains open as normal, with a one hundred metre stretch of the B3253 restricted to single lane traffic controlled by traffic lights to allow these repairs to take place.  .

The rest of the A387 from the A38 via Widegates and Morval remains fully open as far as Sandplace . This means people wishing to travel to and from Duloe and St Keyne can do so via Sandplace as normal and access local businesses. Local diversions will be signed, including access to and from the A38 and Plymouth. 

Access to West Looe is fully open.

Cornwall Council staff have also been meeting with representatives of the emergency services and local transport operators to discuss ways of providing access to the town while these works are being carried out. Arrangements have already been made to provide access for fire and rescue, ambulance, police and coastguard services, and diversion routes are being agreed with local bus companies.  

If you wish to report a problem please telephone our highways staff who will be able to deal with your enquiry on 0300 1234 222.