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Traffic problems on A34 in Stafford as sewer collapses

Motorists are being warned to find an alternative route or expect severe delays on the A34 Queensville in Stafford after a sewer collapsed.

The sewer, which runs under the road surface, had been expected to be repaired quickly, but the discovery of a gas main in the same trench has meant work needed to be halted until the area was confirmed safe by National Grid Gas.

Drain inspection engineers are continuing to assess the best method to repair the drain safely, whilst temporary traffic lights are put in place. A spokesperson for Severn Trent Water stated:

“We’ve not been able to progress further with the sewer pipe repair as we’re still assessing how best to tackle what’s needed.

“The excavated trench contains gas and water pipes as well the damaged sewer pipe, and we need to make sure we take a safe and practicable approach to the repairs.

“In the meantime, the excavation has been safely enclosed by barriers and traffic is able to flow freely past the spot.”

Sewers can often be repaired quite quickly when the problem is found. The drainage contractor will assess the damage and suggest a suitable repair.