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Lincolnshire County Council says Holbeach road is ‘safe to drive on’ after dip returns

Highways have commissioned a fresh survey to discover the reasons why a significant dip has returned to a busy road.

Lincolnshire County Council and Anglian Water have spent thousands of pounds on Boston Road South, Holbeach, in recent years trying to resolve the problem with the sink hole – but motorists are once again having to avoid the dip.

The water company says it has been out to road to review its network – just two years after the sewer was relined – as the road is sinking again while Lincolnshire County Council says it has commissioned a survey to find out what is happening.

Sink hole returns to Boston Road South
Sink hole returns to Boston Road South

Karen Cassar, assistant director – highways, said: We are continuing to monitor this dip in Boston Road South regularly continuing our efforts to discern the cause behind it.

“The road currently remains safe to drive on. In the meantime, we’ve commissioned a specialist, third-party surveyor to better understand what’s happening under the surface.

“Once we’ve got a better idea of what the problem is and a solution, we’ll carry out any necessary repairs as quickly and efficiently as possible.”

A recent picture of the dip in Boston Road South
A recent picture of the dip in Boston Road South

Issues with sinking in Boston Road South first began in 2019, but these were reported further up the street before moving down.

Excavations and repairs were undertaken in 2021.

And in 2022, the road underwent significant repair work which included Anglian Water relining the sewer.

More than £462,296 was spent on various investigations and works over the years, a Freedom of Information request revealed in 2022.

Concerns have been raised about the state of the road by people living in the area.

An Anglian Water spokesman said; “We’ve carried out CCTV investigations on the sewer on Boston Road South in recent weeks and found that all our assets are working as they should.

“We’ve been working closely with Highways throughout these investigations – since we’re confident that nothing on our network is causing this dip, they’ll be leading on this going forward.”

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