Collapsed sewer could lead to closure of busy Ipswich town centre road

Engineers are investigating a possible sinkhole that has opened up in Tacket Street, Ipswich.

Engineers are investigating a possible sinkhole that has opened up in Tacket Street, Ipswich. - Credit: Archant

Engineers from Anglian Water are today assessing the damage caused by a blocked sewer under Tacket Street in Ipswich town centre.

Engineers are investigating a possible sinkhole that has opened up in Tacket Street, Ipswich.

Engineers are investigating a possible sinkhole that has opened up in Tacket Street, Ipswich. - Credit: Archant

The three-foot wide hole opened up in Tacket Street on Wednesday lunchtime. It is also about three feet deep – and extends under the road itself.

Half the carriageway has been closed, with one-way traffic around the hole.

Today a team from Anglian Water was planning to put a camera into the sewer to assess the seriousness of the damage.

A spokesman for the company said they would then assess how difficult it would be to repair the sewer – and whether the road would have to be closed completely.

If the road does have to be closed it could cause further problems for traffic in the area. Foundation Street is already closed because of work being undertaken by UK Power Networks and Tacket Street is the diversion route for vehicles.

If that is also closed it could cause serious problems for traffic in that part of the town centre – including cars trying to reach the Foundation Street multi-storey car park.

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