UPDATE: 3 foot deep and 6 foot long sink hole blocks Stamford town centre junction

A major junction in Stamford town centre is partially closed this afternoon, Wednesday October 12, after a sinkhole appeared in the road.

Wednesday, 12th October 2016, 2:35 pm
Updated Tuesday, 25th October 2016, 7:59 pm
Sink hole in Scotgate, Stamford EMN-161210-161006001

Lincolnshire Police has cordoned off the centre of the junction of Scotgate and West Street.

It is causing long delays to traffic in the centre of town but has been partially closed in the interests of public safety.

Traffic is backed up along the A43, St Mary’s Hill and along the A1175 back to Priory Road.

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Ian Gregory, from Lincolnshire County Council Highways, is currently on scene and is liaising with the police and staff from the National Grid.

He said: “At this stage, we do not know exactly what has caused this hole to open up. What I do know is that although it looks small on top, it is actually around three feet deep and probably six feet long.

“It’s so big I could get in there and lie down if I wanted to. Investigations into the cause are ongoing.”

Police officers are currently directing motorists around the sink hole. It will soon be cordoned off and four-way temporary traffic controls will be put in place, which are expected to cause long delays during the evening rush hour.

Sink hole in Scotgate, Stamford EMN-161210-160951001

Lincolnshire Police is urging motorists to avoid the area if possible.

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From above, the whole looks small, but inside it is said to be around six feet long EMN-161210-161034001
Sink hole in Scotgate, Stamford EMN-161210-161019001
The scene in Stamford town centre currently - Photo: Stamford Gallery
The scene in Stamford town centre currently - Photo: Stamford Gallery
The scene in Stamford town centre currently - Photo: Stamford Gallery
Sink hole in Scotgate, Stamford EMN-161210-160951001
From above, the whole looks small, but inside it is said to be around six feet long EMN-161210-161034001
Sink hole in Scotgate, Stamford EMN-161210-161019001
The scene in Stamford town centre currently - Photo: Stamford Gallery
The scene in Stamford town centre currently - Photo: Stamford Gallery
The scene in Stamford town centre currently - Photo: Stamford Gallery