Sewer collapses “not connected”

The collapsed sewer in Hove Road, St Annes. Work has now been completed
The collapsed sewer in Hove Road, St Annes. Work has now been completed
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UNITED Utilities has been quick to reassure residents two sewer-related road closures which happened within a matter of weeks – just a few streets from each other – were unconnected.

Hove Road in St Annes was closed for 10 days after a depression in the road was reported to the water supplier and a camera survey found the problem to be a collapsed sewer.

The collapse in Hove Road came only weeks after a hole appeared in nearby St Thomas Road – just as thousands of spectators were leaving the third day’s play in the Open Golf Championship at adjacent Royal Lytham and St Annes.

Temporary traffic lights were put in place as St Thomas Road was reduced to one way while investigations went on as to the cause and the key thoroughfare between Clifton Drive South and Church Road fully reopened early last month.

To add to the frustration of St Annes drivers, just a few weeks before that, Highbury Road East, another key route linking Clifton Drive with the back of town, was closed to traffic on two separate occasions because of sewer collapses.

The Hove Road collapse was reported on August 27 and diversions put in place.

A United Utilities spokesman said: “We are sorry if this work (in Hove Road) was inconvenient – we fixed it as quickly as possible. We can reassure residents the two issues are unrelated.”