Leyland road closed after suspected sewer collapse

Slater Lane, Leyland, is flooded at its junction with School Lane after a sewer collapse
Slater Lane, Leyland, is flooded at its junction with School Lane after a sewer collapse

A Leyland road plagued with problems is closed again today after another suspected sewer collapse.

Slater Lane collapsed in February - the third time in six years - and is now closed again after the sewer started flooding last night (Sunday).

A collapsed sewer has caused flooding in Slater Lane, Leyland, and has flooded a sensory garden in the area

A collapsed sewer has caused flooding in Slater Lane, Leyland, and has flooded a sensory garden in the area

Councillor for the area, Michael Green, said: “It happened at about 9pm last night and I called United Utilities.

“I don’t know what action they took but it’s become worse overnight.

“It’s at the junction with School Lane and I think it’s wastewater on the pavement, it really smells.

“It’s very concerning because there are children walking to school. It’s also flooded into a nearby sensory garden.

“United Utilities are back on site this morning and they’ve closed the road and are turning cars away.

“They suspect a sewer has collapsed.”

He added: “I am appalled that United Utilities have clearly not resolved the issue properly when the sewer collapsed at the same location just two months ago.

“Coun Mary Green and I will be working on behalf of the local community to put pressure on United Utilities to make the sewers at this location fit for purpose.”

The road itself fell through in February after the sewer collapsed, and United Utilities spent nearly two weeks on site.

A spokesman for United Utilities said: “We’re sorry for the inconvenience caused by this problem and are currently on-site investigating.

“We should be able to confirm this afternoon whether we are dealing with a collapsed sewer.”