Motorists are being advised that Kingshill will remain closed for the foreseeable future after a collapsed sewer created a large void underneath the road.
Councillor Dale Heenan says that “people might laugh at pictures in the media and online of sink holes appearing and cars disappearing into them, but this is the last thing we want to see happen in Swindon.”
An area of subsidence was initially found in the middle of the carriageway between Clifton Street and Bowood Road and, due to the size and location, resulted in the road being closed to through traffic on Thursday 30 June morning on safety grounds.
However, on further investigation the problem is worse than expected and Thames Water is now carrying out emergency repairs after water from the collapsed sewer caused erosion of the sub base.
Investigations will continue to determine how much of the carriageway is affected.
The road will remain closed until further notice and drivers are being advised to use the official diversion route which will take motorists via Wichelstowe from Bath Road on to Devizes Road, Croft Road, Black Horse Way, Foxham Way, Peglars Way, Redpost Drive and Wootton Bassett Road.
Access will be maintained for residents and pedestrians.
Due to the nature of the work it is too early to give an indication of when the road will be reopened to through traffic, but Thames Water will be working over the weekend and the Council will update motorists when the road is ready to be reopened.
“Kingshill is a busy road but it is a matter of public safety that it is closed. Repairs will be completed as quickly as possible”, Councillor Heenan, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Sustainability, Highways and Transport continued.
“Thames Water is on the case and is making repairs to the collapsed sewer and the large void under the tarmac.”