Portsmouth road closed as sinkhole opens up in residential Eastney street

A ROAD in Portsmouth has been closed after a sinkhole opened up.

Saturday, 24th April 2021, 3:06 pm
Updated Saturday, 24th April 2021, 3:43 pm

The small hole appeared in Middlesex Road in Eastney today, prompting workers to cordon it off.

Repairs are understood to be planned for next week.

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A sinkhole has opened up in Middlesex Road, Eastney, in Portsmouth on April 24. Picture: Phix-Pix Photo and Graphic Solutions

The residential road, which has a junction with Eastney Road, is set to be closed for the rest of the weekend.

Arthur Smith-Weston said: ‘Quick thinking Andrew Manning from Fruit and Flowers put bird tables, garden trellis and a couple of bollards to divert traffic until the council arrived with road closure equipment.

‘Representatives from Colas suggested that at least two and a half tonnes of earth had dropped from the surface leaving a hole approximately two feet in diameter in the tarmac, although they believed that just below the tarmac at least six feet radius could be affected.

‘They also said that work will not start until early next week.’

A sinkhole has opened up in Middlesex Road, Eastney, in Portsmouth on April 24. Picture: Phix-Pix Photo and Graphic Solutions

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A sinkhole has opened up in Middlesex Road, Eastney, in Portsmouth on April 24. Picture: Chris Moorhouse