WORK has finally begun to fix a road that partially collapsed in January last year.
Hampshire County Council closed off a 100-yard stretch of the coastal Hill Head Road in Hill Head, after the edge of the road disappeared in the incident.
A diversion along Solent Road, Short Road and Old Street has been in place ever since.
The £500,000 repair project has now started with the moving of public utility services so supports can be installed to stabilise the highway. It is expected to completed by the end of July.
Councillor Mel Kendal, who is in charge of transport matters for the council said: ‘We have made every effort to ensure that residents and businesses have been affected as little as possible.
‘Working with the owners of the affected properties and the Osborne View pub, we are now able to carry out the necessary repairs to reinstate the highway.
‘Pedestrians and cyclists have continued to use the road on the north side and there has been access to the public house and car park at all times.’