Giant hole in collapsed road forces A614 closure near Howden

Published: Friday 15th April 2016 by Tom Drinkall

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An investigation is under way after the partial collapse of a structure owned by Network Rail caused the closure of the A614 near Howden on Thursday.

Thorpe Road was closed after part of the road, which leads up to a bridge from the direction of Spaldington, towards Howden, collapsed into a ditch.

Construction workers reported the damage at around 8am on Thursday. The hole covers almost half of the side of the road, while it was reported at the time that water was gushing from a damaged pipe.

The road closure caused widespread disruption to motorists travelling along the A614 in both directions. Motorists have been advised to find alternative routes as the road will remain closed for the foreseeable future.

A Network Rail spokesman said: “Overnight a structure which is owned by Network Rail suffered a partial collapse which has resulted in the closure of the A614 near Howden.

“The cause of the collapse is still under investigation, and specialist structural engineers as well as engineers from Yorkshire Water and the East Riding of Yorkshire are currently on site assessing the damage and making the area safe.

“Once a full assessment has been made, plans can be made to carry out the repairs, but safety is our absolute priority at this time and we advise people to avoid the area as the road will be closed for the foreseeable future.”

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Published: Friday 15th April 2016 by Tom Drinkall

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