Minor Landslide at Bluewater Shopping Centre
Following months of rain and, more recently, snow, part of the north cliff at the quarry in which the regional Bluewater Shopping Centre outside Dartford, Kent, is located has slumped closing the westbound carriageway of the Bluewater Parkway Flyover.
The chalk cliffs at Bluewater are all protected by wire mess sheeting to minimise the potential for such rockfalls but, as can be seen in the photograph, it would appear that it was the base of the cliff adjoining the grass embankment that failed. The boulder visible at the roadside is almost 1 metre across.
It is not yet known at what time the rockfall occurred or if anybody was caught up in it.
LATEST.....Bluewater Parkway is now fully open.