Listen to my radio package about the sinkhole in the Heaton Park area:
650 pupils from Cheadle Hulme School have been sent home and a number of other schools have been reported closed because of a water supply cut following a burst main in Stockport.
The leak, affecting homes and businesses around the junction of Chester Road, Dean lane and Jackson’s Lane in hazel Grove was reported to United Utilities around 1am on Tuesday.
Engineers were at the scene by 5.50am to begin repairs and works as well as investigation are still ongoing due to the ‘complex nature of the repair’.
A spokesman for United Utilities confirmed the leak was affecting the supply of water for residents living in the SK7, SK8, SK10 and SK12 postcodes.
“We’re sorry for the trouble this may be causing you and we will get your taps flowing normally again as quickly as we can,” said a statement on their website.
The works caused widespread delays to traffic during the rush hour.
A massive sinkhole caused Heywood Road in the Heaton Park area to be closed early this morning.
The six – metre wide and two – feet deep hole has been cordoned off while United Utilities are still investigating what caused it.
A representative at the scene, just off Bury Old Road, said: “We are not entirely sure what caused the road to collapse – we are still investigating whether it’s linked to a sewer.
“The road is likely to be closed for drivers and pedestrians in both directions for about two weeks.”
The sinkhole was reported by GMP in the early hours and more than 20 residents in the area are reported to be affected. Locals have been asked to removed their vehicles off the road.
A local lady said this will definitely disturb her morning commute to work. She said: “I pick up disabled kids from school with a minivan and this afternoon we’re probably going to have to avoid the area.
“We usually come down Bury Old Road, but today we’ll have to use the new road. The traffic will divert anyway, so whichever way we go, we’ll be stuck there for a while and it will cause a big disruption for people in the area”, she added.
Engineers arrived at the scene earlier this morning with a pump and a crane, after cordoning off the sinkhole for the next couple of weeks.
GMP Whitefield tweeted to warn drivers: “Road Closure – Give Heywood Rd Prestwich by Gilmore Dr a miss for the next week or so. Big sinkhole one of our Night Sgts is looking into”.
This is the third sinkhole to appear in the Greater Manchester area and cause roads to be closed this year, after collapses in the Northern Quarter in April and on the Mancunian way in July.