Urgent repairs after sewer collapse

DRIVERS have been warned of diversions around a busy part of a Suffolk town which will be put in place to allow urgent repairs to a sewer.

Laurence Cawley

DRIVERS have been warned of diversions around a busy part of a Suffolk town which will be put in place to allow urgent repairs to a sewer.

Repairs will get underway next Monday in Tayfen Road, Bury St Edmunds, between Station Hill and Fornham Road roundabouts.

The works will mean a closure of the road between these two points.


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A diversion route will be in place via Station Hill and Fornham Road, A1101. Access for residents and businesses to the working area may be restricted, but will be maintained at all times.

The sewer collapsed last November and a temporary repair was made at the time.

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However, as it was known then that more work would be required an application was made to the highways authority for repairs to resume again this month.

It was an uncharted sewer that was not listed or recorded and therefore other utility services had placed electric cables and gas mains very close to the sewer.

The proximity of these services together with traffic travelling over it caused the sewer to collapse.

Collette Nicholls, of Anglian Water, said: “We appreciate the frustration this work will cause motorists and local businesses but thank them for their patience and understanding and hope they will bear with us while we get this important work completed.

“We will do our utmost to ensure that the work progresses well.”

The work will take about two weeks to complete.

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