Alnwick road re-opens after sink hole is filled

A road has re-opened two days after a sink hole appeared in the tarmac

Claire Barber The road closure caused by a large hole at Hotspur Street in Alnwick
The road closure caused by a large hole at Hotspur Street in Alnwick

A sink hole that mysteriously appeared on the street in a Northumberland market town has now been filled in.

As previously reported in the Journal, a large hole formed in the tarmac on Hotspur Street, in Alnwick, on Wednesday.

Northumberland County Council closed the road and work was done to assess what had caused it. It was discovered a burst water pipe has caused the tarmac to collapse.

Now, the pipe has been fixed and the hole filled with concrete, making the road safe again.

The road was re-opened to the public at 5pm today after two days of diversions being put in place in the town.


A spokesperson for Northumberland County Council said: “Work has been done to replace a burst pipe and to fill in the void with concrete.”

The hole first appeared on Wednesday afternoon and the emergency services were called to assess the situation.

The road, which is a bus route, is to the left of the arch before entering Bondgate.

Alnwick resident Claire Barber, who runs her own PR company, took pictures of the hole while out at a meeting nearby.

She reported tailbacks on Bondgate Without due to the road closure.

The appearance of the hole has sparked plenty of amusement on social networking website Facebook, with one user writing: “It takes you to the next realm, who’s coming?”

Northumbria Police said at the time: “Officers attended and the road has been cordoned off to vehicles as a precaution, with diversions in place.”

There were no reports of any accidents or damage to passing vehicles being caused as a result of the hole.


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