Update: Busy Leyland road collapses

Part of the road has collapsed in Slater Lane, Leyland, understood to be because of a sewer problem. Coun Mary Green is pictured discussing the issue with a Lancashire County Council highways engineer. Below, Coun Michael Green at the scene
Part of the road has collapsed in Slater Lane, Leyland, understood to be because of a sewer problem. Coun Mary Green is pictured discussing the issue with a Lancashire County Council highways engineer. Below, Coun Michael Green at the scene

A busy Leyland road has collapsed for the third time in six years.

Residents in Moss Side have been left frustrated as the road surface of Slater Lane collapsed over the weekend.

Part of the road has collapsed in Slater Lane, Leyland, understood to be because of a sewer problem. Coun Michael Green is pictured at the scene

Part of the road has collapsed in Slater Lane, Leyland, understood to be because of a sewer problem. Coun Michael Green is pictured at the scene

The surface of the busy route has collapsed in the same location as before, close to the junction with School Lane.

It is understood that the issue is due to problems with the sewer.

County Councillor for Leyland South West and borough councillor for Moss Side, Coun Michael Green, said: “The road collapsed early on Saturday afternoon. I’ve spoken with the police and the highways officer from Lancashire County Council, and safety precautions were put in place and temporary traffic lights installed to manage the traffic.

“It seemed clear that this hole had been created by a problem with the sewers, so it would be the responsibility of United Utilities to resolve this.

“I was concerned about foul sewage being exposed in a residential area, so I asked the officers to urge United Utilities to take prompt action.

“Sadly, two days have passed and United Utilities have not yet carried out the necessary repairs to the sewer and road surface.

“This is very disappointing and it is causing inconvenience to local residents and passing traffic.

“I have been to look at the problem again this morning (Monday) and the hole has become much larger, at least four times as big, which could have been avoided had United Utilities taken action quicker.

“There is also a pungent smell of sewage, which concerns me.”

Coun Mary Green, who also represents the Moss Side community, added: “I have spoken to the highways officer from the county council, as I was concerned that someone could remove the safety barriers.

“They have agreed to install higher, more secure barriers, to prevent unauthorised access.

“Once this incident is resolved, we will be seeking details from United Utilities regarding the cause of the problem and why there has been a similar problem so soon after the road last collapsed at this location.”

Polly Rourke, from United Utilities, said: “Engineers have been on site inspecting the sewer today and it will be repaired tomorrow.

“We are really sorry for the inconvenience.

“It appears that there was a previous collapse close to the same spot some time ago.

“However, as there are a number of pipes at this location it may have been a separate issue.

“We always carry out repairs to the highest possible standard and as a precaution will be carrying out a thorough CCTV survey of the surrounding pipes to ensure there are no other potential problems.

“The road will be need to closed for a short time tomorrow while the sewer is excavated and repaired. After this, the temporary two-way traffic lights will be put back until the road surface is fully re-instated.

“The whole operation should take no more than two or three days.”