Work to begin on scheme to stop landslips

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WORK is set to begin next week on a scheme designed to prevent landslips on a key road route in Leeds.

The 10-week project will start on Tuesday along the A639’s eastbound carriageway in Stourton, the scene of a major landslip in 2007.

Leeds City Council says it wants to provide a “suitable and safe” solution to subsidence near the Valley Park roundabout.

An initial two weeks of drainage work will be performed with a contra-flow traffic system and HGV diversion in place.

A single-lane closure will be in force during the remainder of the scheme, which will see the creation of a 50-metre retaining wall.

Coun Richard Lewis, the council’s executive board member with responsibility for development and the economy, said: “There may be some disruption to motorists over this 10-week period, but I would ask people to be patient.”