AN INVESTIGATION by a water company has confirmed a sunken stretch of road in the city was caused by a sewer collapse underneath.

On Saturday, a section of Deansway in the city subsided near to Worcester Cathedral and police were called in to direct traffic and secure the area, before a temporary set of two-way traffic lights were installed to control flow.

A Severn Trent Water spokesman said yesterday in a tweet: “Sunken road at Deansway #Worcester confirmed by @stwater as sewer collapse.

“Temp traffic lights remain in place and the pedestrian crossing remains suspended.”

Severn Trent Water could not complete their investigation on Sunday because of “excessive debris in the sewer”, which needed to be removed before a thorough inspection could be carried out to find out the extent of the collapse.

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To reach the sewer, workers had to “dig down” to “determine what had caused the issue with the road.”

A spokesman added: “We’re really sorry for any inconvenience.

“It will be our priority to fix them [problems] and get everything back to normal as quickly as possible.”

It was not known when we went to print how long the repair work will go on for but once work is underway, a timescale will be provided by Severn Trent Water.

Severn Trent Water has a sewage network of pipes 91,000km in length, which is enough to go round the Earth almost three-and-a-half times and the company collects 32,000 litres of waste water per second of every day.

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