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Sinkhole appeared at a busy road junction in Marlow

| May 18, 2018

A sinkhole under Dean Street, Marlow, from a video taken by a resident and shared on Twitter.

A large underground sinkhole appeared at a busy road junction in Marlow.

The sinkhole (pictured above) appeared at the junction of Dean Street and Queen’s Road in Marlow on Wednesday 16th May 2018.

Transport for Buckinghamshire (TfB) received reports of a small opening in the road surface which, upon investigation, was found to be hiding a hole of several cubic feet and exposing water pipes.

Engineers from TfB attended the incident and made emergency repairs to the  large underground void. The road was excavated to expose the full extent of the void, the hole was backfilled and the new road surface was laid.

Repairs made by TfB to a sinkhole on Dean Street, Marlow.

County Councillor Mark Shaw, Cabinet Member for Transportation, commented: ‘Well done to the TfB team who attended to this quickly – from the outset it did not look like a big drama, with some sources christening it ‘the world’s smallest sinkhole’, but it was a bit more serious than that.

When sinkholes form, it’s fairly common for only a small crevice to be visible from ground level, but from the photos of Dean Street yesterday it is possible to see that the road was subtly caving in for several feet around the small hole, hinting at what was beneath – i.e. nothing!

Sinkholes aren’t common – I think the last one we saw was on Bourbon Street in Aylesbury last summer – but we need to take them seriously as they could pose a danger to road users.

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