Sinkhole road in Northampton will not be fully open for two days

The sinkhole that appeared in a Northampton road was caused by an out-of-control water leak, Anglian Water has said.

A pipe under the road in Lower Mounts began leaking on Saturday, with workers scheduled to fix it overnight.

But the rupture became much worse than the water company had expected, washing away the the sub-soil under the road surface and causing a collapse.

An Anglian Water spokesman said its team started work immediately when it was clear they werer dealing with something more serious, would be working round the clock to fix the pipe so highways workers can reinstate the road surface.

Apologising for the delays caused by the works, he said the road, which has three-way temporary traffic lights and has seen two lanes closed for a short stretch, should be back open sometime on Wednesday.

He said: “We’re sorry for the inconvenience caused to motorists on what is a busy town centre road, but safety has to come first.”

The pavement between the top of Abington Street and the job centre is also cordoned off with police tape, and the bus stop within the prohibited zone has been temporarily moved outside the job centre building.

The hole, which is being repaired by workers from Anglian Water, appeared over the weekend outside the BBC Northampton building in Lower Mounts.

Workmen have begun to fill in the hole but roadworks remain in place

Workmen have begun to fill in the hole but roadworks remain in place

Two lanes of traffic have been closed heading towards the Grosvenor Centre for a short stretch and temporary traffic lights have been put in place near Northampton College and at the junction of Lower Mounts and York Road.

The pavement between the top of Abington Street and the job centre is also cordoned off with police tape, and the bus stop within the prohibited zone has been temporarily moved outside the job centre building.