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Norwich road shut due to sinkhole could cause football traffic disruption

PUBLISHED: 14:57 15 March 2018 | UPDATED: 14:57 15 March 2018

Car in sinkhole on Rouen Road is lifted out. 
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Car in sinkhole on Rouen Road is lifted out. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

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A Norwich road that closed yesterday due to a sinkhole will remain shut well into next week.

The car that fell in to the sinkhole on Rouen Road.  Picture: ANTONY KELLYThe car that fell in to the sinkhole on Rouen Road. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

A Norwich road that closed due to a sinkhole could remain shut well into next week.

The top of Rouen Road next to Cattle Market Street was first cordoned off by police on Wednesday morning when a sinkhole caused by a burst water pipe suddenly opened up underneath a parking car.

Anglian Water have been working with the city council to fix the pipe and the hole, and a sign next to the works says that the estimated date of completion is Tuesday, March 20.

However, an Anglian Water spokesperson has said that works should finish by Monday at the latest, with hopes of completion by this Friday evening.

A Friday finish is particularly desirable as Norwich City will be playing Reading at home this Saturday at 3pm, an event which will likely mean thousands of extra visitors to the centre.

Rouen Road is just a ten minute walk to the stadium, and is frequently used for parking and travel in and out of the city centre.


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