Road closed as sewer problems strike again

Road closed at St David's Road North, St Annes
Road closed at St David's Road North, St Annes
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A major road in St Annes is set to be closed until midway through next month following the latest in a series of sewer collapses.

St David’s Road North has already been cordoned off for a week, between its junctions with Heeley Road and St Leonard’s Road East, after highways officials were alerted to a hole in the road outside St David’s Grove.

Engineers from sewer company United Utilities have inspected the problem and are set to return on Monday to carry out repairs which are expected to take two weeks.

A spokesman for United Utilities said: “We have been out to site and carried out some survey work on the pipe to understand the extent of the damage and will be returning on Monday to carry out the full repair. We expect this will take around two weeks. During our time on site no services to customers will be affected.”

The collapse comes just a few weeks after a nearby stretch of the same road, between its junctions with St Leonards Road East and Fleet Street, was closed for three weeks in July following a road collapse and over the past year, St Annes has seen a series of similar closures.

However, UU maintains the closures are not connected.

The UU spokesman added: “This (latest incident) is not linked to the previous sewer collapse we dealt with in July on this stretch of road, and we would like to thank everyone for their patience during this work.”

The No 17 bus service has been diverted in both directions via Headroomgate Road and St Leonards Road East.

A spokesman for Blackpool Transport said: “We apologise for any inconvenience caused by these diversions and delays. Thanks to our customers for their patience during these disruptions which are beyond our control.”