A ROAD closed for nearly two years is set to reopen.

Soot Hill in Northwich has been shut ever since a landslip in late December, 2021, which caused damage to a retaining wall dating back 200 years.

Now, repair work is almost complete and the road looks set to reopen in the coming week.

A spokesperson for Cheshire West and Chester Council said: “Due to a land slip involving a substantial retaining wall from the 1800s that supported the highway, an emergency closure of Soot Hill was needed in late December 2021.

“The final work to complete the repairs is expected by the end of this month to be able to re-open the road.”

The landslip occurred on December 28, 2021, with the road now expected to be open at the end of October.

Soot Hill was immediately closed and 3D laser scans of the area completed.

In March 2022, CWAC commissioned a contractor to produce a 'feasibility report' for the repairs, with further surveys and investigations carried out over the following months.

Then in July the council signed a deal with a contractor to develop detailed solutions and costings for the repair work.

However, the final costs were not submitted until November 2022 and not approved until February this year.

Work started in March, beginning with a clearance of the site before construction got underway in the autumn.  

Originally repairs were expected to be completed in December however it appears they will now be finished ahead of schedule.