Spokeswoman for United Utilities, Helen Wilson, said: “People can expect the road to be shut for at least six weeks, and that’s a very early estimate. We won’t really know the extent of the repairs needed for a couple of weeks while we are investigating.

“We now have the major job of digging down to the sewer and clearing away the collapsed section of road before we can properly assess the damage and the best way to repair it.

“It will take a couple of weeks for us to excavate down and begin to assess repairs. Flows are still managing to run through the sewer past the collapse, so there is no impact on drainage services, and we will maintain this throughout the repairs.

She added: “We recognise this is inconvenient and we do apologise to residents and motorists, but this could not have been foreseen. This particular sewer did not have any history of problems.

“Health and safety is paramount for us now.”

(Taken from Daily Post story )

At the moment the road is still open to pedestrians.