Delays warning as work starts on A27 sinkhole

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Drivers were warned to expect delays today as work started to repair a sinkhole that appeared on the A27 at Titchfield.

In a message to drivers this morning, Hampshire County Council said: ‘Work is ongoing on the sinkhole. One lane is open westbound so please leave more time for your journey.’

Work will take several days to finish after the hole, which measures about a metre long and 50cm wide, opened up yesterday in the inside lane of Southampton Road, heading away from Fareham.

Drivers have been urged to take alternative routes.

Workers from Hampshire County Council’s highways department are investigating.

The council’s executive member for transport Sean Woodward said: ‘Bridge engineers have been to the site this afternoon and organised a diver to assess the extent of the damage.

‘We now know that of the four culverts that carry the River Meon under the A27, three appear to be intact and one of the 600mm pipes looks like it has collapsed.’

Today, the county council said it was likely the hole was caused by displaced pipe joints.