Bexleyheath sinkhole repair to take six weeks

Repairs to a Bexleyheath residential street after a sinkhole opened last week are expected to take six weeks.

Bexley Council offered the update after the incident on Tuesday 21st June.

The hole opened up on Martens Avenue in Bexleyheath with a motorbike swallowed up.

The authority state that extensive damage to services underground occurred which saw Thames Water undertake emergency works.

The council state: “Council engineers are working with its contractor to clear the site, repair the damage and arrange for the road and footpaths to be restored.

The contractor started work on Friday and is currently removing material from the hole and replacing it. They are working extended hours over the weekend.

Next week, Thames Water will start replacing the damaged sewers.

The Council’s engineers currently estimate that it will take about six weeks to clear the site, fill the hole, repair Thames Water’s pipes below the ground and then re-lay the road surface and footpaths.

They have employed specialist companies to carry out a ground survey of the area to identify any other locations of concern.

Local residents will be kept informed.

We are sorry for the inconvenience caused while the repairs are taking place.”

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