Expansion at stone quarry

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WORKERS are burrowing beneath the South Yorkshire countryside as part of plans to open up a new section of a quarry.

Tarmac is constructing a 60-metre tunnel beneath the B6094 road near Maltby, which will be large enough to be negotiated by four metre-high dump trucks ferrying stone from the new area of Holme Hall quarry to the existing operational part of the site.

The company is expected to extract about 34 million tonnes from the new, 200 hectare section over the next 20 years, keeping 70 people in work.

Luke Brooks, Holme Hall and northern concrete manager at Tarmac, said the tunnel was carefully designed not to disturb a 15 inch high pressure water pipe that takes water from a borehole at Austerfield to Clifton Reservoir and is used to supply Rotherham.