Huge sink hole creates dangerous cavern underneath York road

Residents and businesses have spoken about the impact the work to repair a sink hole in York has had as maintenance work continues in to next week.

South Bank Avenue has been closed at the junction with Bishopthorpe Road since Tuesday so a team can repair the damage, which is believed to have been caused by a collapsed sewer.

A fire officer said a large cavern is underneath the sink hole which is where the work is taking place.

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The owner of Vanilla hair salon Elaine Simeon, which next to where the work is taking place, said: "The only thing is that nobody has come in and had a word with us. We've had no updates from them.

"We've mainly had updates from customers and neighbours but people are saying that it should be done by Wednesday."

A temporary road closure is in place that lasts until midnight on Wednesday (February 23) and diversions are also in place.

Huge sink hole creates dangerous cavern underneath York road

She added: "I can't complain about the noise or disruption though. We have just rang our customers and let them know before they've come and we haven't had any cancellations. I think we're a bit lucky in that sense.

"The workers have been great. I believe they have been coming up from Sheffield as it's an emergency. They're not here today which I think is because of the weather."

One of the neighbours to where the fencing, digger and working quarters are stationed also said that she hadn't been too badly affected by the work but added that it was the second instance this year that they have had an issue.

Linda Cowl said: "In January there was a burst water main which is why it's all been tarmacked and now there is this. I don't if the two are connected though.

"We have had to go a different way around but that can't be helped. Otherwise it's been reasonable."

Another neighbour was also unperturbed by the work, saying that the road had been "nice and quiet" since no cars were able to go past his house anymore.

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A Yorkshire Water spokesperson said: “A collapsed sewer has caused some damage to the road on Southbank Avenue, York.

"We know roadworks can be inconvenient, and would like to thank the local residents and road users for their patience.

"Our teams are working hard to fix the issue as soon as possible, and hope to have the road reopen early next week.”

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