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Sewer collapses under the A53

A sewer has partially collapsed on the busy A53, leaving motorists facing three weeks of delays. The sewer under the A53 at Stockton Brook will have to be excavated by drainage engineers after it was found to be partially collapsed during a CCTV survey.

The road had been excavated recently as part of an ongoing gas main replacement programme but will have to be excavated again to replace the sewer. The road is the main route between Leek and Stoke-on-Trent, so Severn Trent hope that the road will not need to be closed in both directions.

A spokesperson for Severn Trent stated:

“We’re planning to replace a five-metre stretch of partially collapsed sewer.

“We’re hoping to use two-way lights to control traffic, and if all goes according to plan, the work should take two to three weeks to complete.”

The work will not take place until next summer to try to keep the disruption caused to a minimum. However, it may be necessary to replace the pipe sooner if the pipe further deteriorates.

Most of the work will have to be undertaken by hand as the sewer is 5 metres beneath the gas main.