Fareham ‘sinkhole’ cost council £200,000 to repair

The hole in the A27 at Titchfield
The hole in the A27 at Titchfield
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WORK to repair a hole which suddenly appeared in a busy Fareham road cost a council £200,000 to repair.

Workers were called in after a hole opened up on the A27 Southampton Road, in Titchfield, on the inside lane of the dual carriageway heading away from Fareham, on Wednesday, August 26.

The hole, which measured about a metre long and 50cm wide, was initially thought to be a sinkhole, but was found to be caused by the collapse of a culvert that carries the River Meon under the road.

Councillor Sean Woodward, the executive member for transport, economy and environment at Hampshire County Council, which looks after Hampshire’s roads, spoke of the cost yesterday and praised the team who worked around the clock for a week to fix the road.

Cllr Woodward said: ‘They did an amazing job at fixing the hole and keeping the road open throughout the works.

‘The job required specialist equipment to fix the underground culvert, but it is testament to them that the busy road stayed open. It was a mammoth job that was carried out extremely well.’