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Specialists survey damage as ‘collapsed’ road remains closed

Commuters were hit by traffic chaos this morning (Thursday, April 14) following the partial collapse of a section of the A614 near Howden.

A section of the road leading towards a bridge belonging to Network Rail, which crosses over the railway line collapsed overnight, leaving a substantial portion of the carriageway missing and water pouring out of a damaged water pipe. No-one was injured and the railway was unaffected by the incident.

The collapse however resulted in the closure of Thorpe Road whilst engineers, contractors and structural specialists inspect the damage and make the area safe.

The road remains closed with heavy traffic in both directions between the A614 Thorpe Road junction and the Portington Road junction, and drivers are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes for the foreseeable future.

A spokesperson for Network Rail told Our Goole: “Overnight a structure which is owned by Network Rail suffered a partial collapse which has resulted in the closure of the A614 near Howden. The cause of the collapse is still under investigation, and specialist structural engineers as well as engineers from Yorkshire Water and the East Riding of Yorkshire are currently on site assessing the damage and making the area safe.

“Once a full assessment has been made, plans can be made to carry out the repairs, but safety is our absolute priority at this time and we advise people to avoid the area as the road will be closed for the foreseeable future.”

A spokesman for East Riding of Yorkshire Council said: “Our engineers have been at the scene to support Network Rail and to assess the damage to understand the scale of the problem and what needs to be done to repair the bridge.
“Our highways team has also been out placing diversion signs on roads around the area to assist traffic.”

A spokesperson for Yorkshire Water said: “We can confirm we have contractors on site who are working to isolate the burst, which involves the placing of valves on either side of the water main to stem the flow.

“As far as we are aware, so far this has not had an impact on any water supplies in the area and we are hoping to fully maintain the water supply to all our customers in the area.”

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