Main road closed

Hinckley Times - - FRONT PAGE -

A COL­LAPSED man­hole has prompted the clo­sure of one of Hinck­ley’s main routes through the town.

Lower Bond Street could be shut for up to 11 days be­cause of the works by Sev­ern Trent to re­pair the cham­ber.

The stretch out­side the Atkins Build­ing be­tween the traf­fic lights is cor­doned off and, de­pend­ing on how work pro­gresses, might not re­open un­til Novem­ber 24.

Di­ver­sion signs and bar­ri­ers ap­peared on Mon­day af­ter­noon with some baf­fled mo­torists do­ing U-turns on Man­sion Street.

A note on the road­ web­site de­scribes the works as: “Dig needed in car­riage­way due to col­lapsed MH that needs re­con­struct­ing.”

A spokesman for Sev­ern Trent Wa­ter said: “We’d like to apol­o­gise to any­one af­fected by the road clo­sure on Lower Bond Street.

“We know it is go­ing to be an in­con­ve­nience for some peo­ple, but it’s very im­por­tant that we fix this col­lapsed man­hole now as it was be­com­ing dan­ger­ous.

“Our teams have closed the road to al­low us to do the job in a way that keeps both lo­cal peo­ple and our teams safe. We will work on this now con­tin­u­ously un­til it’s re­paired and the road put back to nor­mal.

“It’s a re­ally big job as the sewer pipe is nearly four me­tres deep, and so we ex­pect the work to be fin­ished and the road re­opened by the end of next week at the lat­est.”

On Tues­day part of the road re-opened al­low- ing through ac­cess from Up­per Bond Street.

How­ever those trav­el­ling from Man­sion Street can only ac­cess frontages and can not get through the Up­per Bond Street/Hol­ly­croft junc­tion.

There are also more road­works on South­field Road which was closed for around a month ear­lier in the year while en­gi­neer­ing firm Laing O’Rouke in­stalled new wa­ter pipes on be­half of Sev­ern Trent.

This time the clo­sure is due to Har­lax­ton En­ergy Net­works Lim­ited re­quir­ing ex­ca­va­tion re­quired in the foot­way and the car­riage­way for con­nec­tion of ser­vices to ex­ist­ing mains. There are multi-way sig­nals in place.

This clo­sure is also ex­pected to last un­til Novem­ber 24.

Lower Bond Street has been closed for 10 days start­ing on Novem­ber 13 while Sev­ern Trent re­pair a man­hole. The road at the junc­tion of Lower Bond Street, Up­per Bond Steet, and Hol­ly­croft has warped due to a void be­neath the road. Lower Bond street is open for ac­cess to frontages only

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