‘Over half of the road lifted’: Torrential rain causes sewer sinkhole at major junction

PUBLISHED: 11:05 07 October 2019 | UPDATED: 08:10 08 October 2019

One driver said peeled up tarmac in Beccles

One driver said peeled up tarmac in Beccles "could cause damage to car tires." Photo: David Walker


Heavy rain has caused the “road to lift up” due to a sewage problem at a major town junction.

The junction between the A145 Peddars Lane and Ingate in Blyburgate, near Beccles, has been closed after heavy rain caused cracks to appear in the ground on Sunday, October 6.

A Suffolk Constabulary spokesperson said they were called to Blyburgate after 12.30pm on Sunday to reports of cracks in the road and a drain which had popped up.

One driver said the peeled-up road "could cause damage to car tyres".

On the sinkhole in Beccles, David Walker said: On the sinkhole in Beccles, David Walker said: "It was strange as a service trench had remained intact." Photo: David Walker

David Walker, who lives in Beccles, said: "The road had lifted up between three and four inches over maybe 20 yards and there was an issue with a drain cover there too.

"It was strange as a service trench had remained intact and just over half of the road had lifted whereas I'd have expected the trench to have moved instead."

The road was closed by Suffolk Police shortly after 2pm, and it remains unclear when it will re-open.

Damage to the road on Ingate, Blyburgate. Photo: Rosemary HewlettDamage to the road on Ingate, Blyburgate. Photo: Rosemary Hewlett

Traffic is being affected by the closure of the junction, with BorderBus reporting delays.

In a tweet the bus company said that due to the closure of Ingate, the 146 service is diverting via Ellough Road, the new bypass relief road, A145, in both directions.

The company said: "Delays may be incurred but we will monitor the situation."

All stops from Worlingham, Beccles, and Norwich will be served but may experience delays.

While the worst of the rain has stopped, flood warnings remain in place following what was the wettest day of 2019.

Halesworth and the Chediston watercourse still have a high warning for risk of floods.

School Lane in Halesworth, as well as the A144 and the railway line in the town are expected to see the most rain.

A spokesperson for Suffolk Highways said: "Suffolk Highways is working with Anglian Water following a suspected problem with the sewerage system beneath the carriageway which is causing the road surface to rise."

"Due to an increased number of flooding related enquiries following the recent heavy rainfall, we have asked Anglian Water to prioritise this site as a matter of urgency

"Please contact Anglian Water directly should you require any further details or updates."

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