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Landslip 'part of older problem'

Collapse on B5056
The road was closed on safety grounds (Photo courtesy

A landslide which caused the closure of a Derbyshire road was the reactivation of an older and larger landslide, geologists have said.

The B5056 at Fenny Bentley near Ashbourne had suffered from subsidence for several months and wet weather had made the situation worse.

A team from the British Geological Survey found signs of fresh mudflows on slopes below the road.

The geology underlying the site of the slide is mostly made up of shale.

County council engineers were due to inspect the area before giving an exact timeframe and cost for repairs.

Signs of damage on the popular scenic route first appeared about six months ago in an area prone to landslides.

Traffic is being diverted along the A5012 via Grange Mill to Newhaven, then the A515 from Newhaven to Fenny Bentley.

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