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Road closed after rocks fall onto carriageway

PUBLISHED: 07:17 22 January 2018

Cheddar Gorge.

Cheddar Gorge.

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Police have closed a road after rocks fell on to the carriageway during stormy weather.

Amid safety fears, Avon and Somerset Constabulary closed a route through Cheddar Gorge after heavy rain caused a land slip.

Its spokesman said: “Motorists are being urged to avoid Cheddar Gorge, which is being closed for safety reasons following poor weather which has affected parts of the Avon and Somerset force area.

“Large areas of surface water and some subsidence has led to the decision to closing the gorge as a precaution and for public safety.

“Motorists will not be able to use the road in the gorge in either direction and are being urged to find alternative routes.

“We were called shortly after 6pm (on Sunday) by motorists using the gorge who expressed concern about rocks which had been washed into the road by water washing down from the side of the gorge.

“A closure is being put in place at the junction of the B3371 and at the bottom on the roundabout and near to Cufic Lane.”

The debris is expected to be cleared today (Monday) but the operation will not begin until it is light.

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