Plymouth void road reopens after emergency work

  • 27 July 2013
  • From the section Devon
A crew carrying out keyhole repairs in Plymouth
Image caption The road was closed on 25 June, when the void was discovered

A road in Plymouth which had been closed for more than a month after a void appeared in it has reopened.

Work to fill the hole beneath Ebrington Street has been completed sooner than expected, South West Water said.

The road was closed on 25 June, when the space was discovered near a tunnel shaft beneath the road surface.

The void has been backfilled with concrete so "there is no possibility of it opening up again", a spokesman said.

The company employed specialist contractors to investigate the extent of the void using CCTV cameras and ground radar.

Project manager Geoffrey Rogers said: "Due to the complex nature of the problem, at first we estimated that the engineering work needed to fill the void would take up to six weeks to complete.

"But by using innovative 'keyhole surgery' techniques we have been able to finish sooner than hoped."

Mr Rogers said the water company was "pleased we discovered it before it became a really serious safety issue".

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