Collapsed sewer closes town centre road

Seaside Road, Eastbourne
Seaside Road, Eastbourne

A BUSY town centre road was closed this week when a hole appeared after an underground sewer collapsed.

Seaside Road was shut between Queen’s Gardens and Bourne Street after the three-foot deep hole appeared on Friday afternoon.

East Sussex County Council said that the hole appeared to be six inches wide and a few feet long but is believed much larger below the surface.

The authority said its engineers had made the site safe.

Traffic diversion routes were put in place via Cavendish Place, Marine Parade Road and Marine Parade.

A county council spokesperson said that their engineers had been on site throughout the weekend with Clancy Docwra, representing Southern Water, to repair the damage to the collapsed sewer.

The road was due to be closed until yesterday (Tuesday) while the engineers concreted around a gas main.

The spokesperson said once the concrete had set, the road would be resurfaced and reopened.