Sewer collapse road ready to be re-opened early

Road closure following a collapsed sewer at St David's Road North, St Annes
Road closure following a collapsed sewer at St David's Road North, St Annes
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A major road in St Annes is set to open earlier than planned following a sewer collapse.

After initial estimates by sewer company United Utilities that the work to solve the problem at St David’s Road North could take until the end of next week, engineers have made swifter progress than expected and could be off site as soon as Friday.

The section of road had already been closed for a week by the time United Utilities’ specialists arrived to carry out the work but a UU spokesman said: “The team on site has made great progress with the repair and we’re delighted to say we will have the road open this week.

“Thank you once again to everyone for their patience during this closure.”

The closure, between Heeley Road and Cross Street, is the second in St David’s Road North in the space of less than three months.

In July, the road, which connects The Crescent with Highbury Road, was closed between its junctions with St Leonard’s Road East and Fleet Street.

Both closures have caused the No 17 bus route between St Annes and Blackpool to be diverted and the sewer problems there are the latest in a series of road collapses across St Annes over the last 18 months.

St Thomas Road, St Andrew’s Road South, Hove Road, Fairhaven Road and, most recently, Clifton Drive North have all been affected at some stage over that period.

But, after carrying out a survey of the town’s sewer system, United Utilities maintains that none of the closures are connected to each other.