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Severn Trent update on planned reopening date of Thorpe Road

Severn Trent has completed the repair of a damaged sewer pipe which led to the formation of a sinkhole on Thorpe Road in Melton Mowbray.  

With the pipe repaired, Severn Trent will now remove the tankers and equipment which were installed to keep the sewer flowing and will backfill the excavation and reinstate the road surface.  

It is estimated that the reinstatement works will be completed, and the road - which was closed following the formation of the sinkhole - reopened to traffic in the early part of next week, with an estimated reopening date of Monday 16th January.     

Thorpe Road should be reopening on 16th January. Photo: NEMM

Matt Lewis, Network Operations Manager at Severn Trent, said: “We’d like to apologise for any inconvenience caused while we’ve been making this repair and thank the local community for their patience and understanding, this has been a really complex repair, which required a deep excavation to reach the damaged pipe.  

“We understand how disruptive road closures and diversions can be for everyone and our teams have worked hard to ensure that this repair has been made as quickly and as safely as possible.”  

Thorpe Road has been closed since mid-December for safety reasons following an issue with a sewage network.

Residents have had to face the brunt of the roadworks with many cars diverting via Kings Road and Algernon Road to get around the works.

A signed diversion route has been in place throughout the works and Severn Trent has been keeping residents up to speed on the works through regular letter drops to homes on Thorpe Road.  

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