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a commentary on the politics that followed the UK 2010 & 2015 elections

Update: Reconnecting in the North East of England

The B6344 at Rothbury was closed on 26 December 2012 after it cracked in four places and slid towards the river.

Deemed “highly unstable”, it has been closed since and will remain shut until at least August 2015.
BBC News Website 26 December 2013: Landslip-hit Rothbury road: ‘Life goes on’ for community

Well August 2015 came and went. So what happened today deserving an update?

It’s been almost three-and-a-half years in the making, but a road which was closed in 2012 after a major landslip is now open.

The first series of vehicles have been driving along the repaired B6344, at Crag End, near Rothbury, which reopened this afternoon, ahead of the Easter weekend.
Morpeth Herald, 24 March 2016 | Landslip road in Northumberland is reopen

So no more diverting fuel tankers, buses and ambulances over the moors; the town is reconnected. The road over the moors was very exposed – and would close in wintry weather; it went past Cragside (The National Trust owned former home of Lord Armstrong) and the estate walls made the road very narrow such that it was extremely difficult for two lorries to pass. It was a nightmare.

But would this have taken so long in the South East? It has cost a lot but the money was not made available with the same speed as Cameron promised money to those affected by the flooding in the Thames Valley around Oxfordshire (where his constituency is), Buckinghamshire and Berkshire (where Theresa May’s constituency is). Then it was “Whatever it costs”.

Still it is open again – after more than three years.

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