Riverside road closed after sinkhole opens up

Riverside Road Gorleston sinkhole

Riverside Road is closed while authorities deal with a sinkhole. - Credit: Jason Silom/Paving and Landscape

A road with a history of sinking has been closed after a hole opened up in the carriageway.

Riverside Road in Gorleston runs directly alongside the River Yare where erosion and "tidal wash" are an issue.

Norfolk County Council has placed barriers around the hole, said to be around 2ft deep, and closed the road.

Riverside Road sinkhole Gorleston

Another hole has opened up in Riverside Road, Gorleston. - Credit: Jason Silom/Paving and Landscape

A spokesperson for the authority, said: “Unfortunately tidal wash has again undermined a small section of Riverside Road in Gorleston.

"The road will be temporarily closed while we assess the damage and make necessary repairs.”

“We will continue to work with other agencies to help address the longer term river wall issue at this location.”

Riverside Road Gorleston sinkhole

Riverside Road is closed after a sinkhole opened up. - Credit: Jason Silom/Paving and Landscape


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Jason Silom who lives in Gorleston, said: "It needs looking into. That is the second sink hole that has opened up just yards from the previous hole."

Riverside Road sinkhole

The sinkhole in Gorleston's Riverside Road. It is not the first time the carriageway has suffered damage. - Credit: Jason Silom/Paving and Landscape

People on social media said they always avoided the road, tagging it as "dangerous" especially where water had nibbled away at the edge "like cliff erosion".

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The temporary closure order runs until June 2.



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