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Engineers will work to establish what caused the sinkhole to appear on London Road, Newark, before it is filled

Severn Trent is expected to arrive soon to assess what caused a sinkhole to appear in a main arterial route into Newark last night (Wednesday).

The water company will join staff from Via East Midlands in an investigation of the 3ft diameter hole that appeared on London Road near to its junction with Harcourt Street.

A gas escape from the hole was fixed last night but was not serious enough to warrant nearby homes to be evacuated.

The sinkhole on London Road. (43002809)
The sinkhole on London Road. (43002809)

Police enforced a number of road closures around the scene last night and Via attended to put in a traffic light system that is still in place today (Thursday).

The presence of the sinkhole has caused significant traffic queuing in the area.

Severn Trent and Via engineers will investigate the cause of the sinkhole and who is responsible for fixing it before remedial works are carried out.

It is not yet known when it will be fixed by.

Mike Keeling, on behalf of Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “We were made aware of a hole appearing on London Road, Newark last night.

“Our emergency response teams attended site and made the area safe before installing temporary traffic signals to manage the flow of traffic.

“We have undertaken initial investigations and referred the issue to Severn Trent Water who are undertaking their own investigations.”

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