Shropshire

Ironbridge Road to be shut for 'weeks' in hole probe

A road in Shropshire which was closed after a large hole appeared in it is likely to be shut for weeks.

The 3 sq m (9 sq ft) and 1.3m (4ft) deep hole opened up on the B4373 in Ironbridge on Boxing Day.

A Telford and Wrekin Council spokesman said repair work would not begin until the cause had been established. He said this would take weeks rather than days.

One motorist told the Shropshire Star his Mini was "thrown about" when it hit the hole.

A council spokesman said there had been a number of similar problems owing to the fragile landscape of the Ironbridge Gorge in the past, including a series of houses which fell into the River Severn in the 1950s.

"We have no idea what happened on this occasion," a spokesman said.

"It could be ground instability, it could be an uncharted mine shaft.

"We could fill it in quite easily but we need to find out what caused this it."

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