Part of Romford road cordoned off after council resurfacing crew discovers underground sinkhole

PUBLISHED: 12:00 18 October 2018

The junction of South Street and Victoria Road where building debris had covered a sinkhole.

The junction of South Street and Victoria Road where building debris had covered a sinkhole.


A small stretch of a busy road in Romford Town Centre has been cordoned off for months after council workers discovered a sinkhole under the road, the Recorder can reveal.

And to make matters worse, the issue cannot be dealt with properly until reports of a smell of gas in the area are fully investigated.

The long-running obstruction on Victoria Road, just feet away from the junction with South Street, was described by one concerned resident as “a dangerous obstacle to traffic and pedestrians”, and takes the form of wire barriers that have been used to close off access to part of the road’s surface.

Other residents have recently complained after the small area of cordoned off road became a hotspot for littering, and advertisements were placed up on the wire railings themselves.

A Havering Council spokeswoman confirmed to the Recorder that a sinkhole was found underneath the road while council crews carried out resurfacing works, and that a camera survey had been conducted to investigate its cause, resulting in the closure of the surrounding area.

She added: “As the initial survey proved to be inconclusive, it was then found that there was an issue with a chamber under the road.

“Our officers will be returning to address the sinkhole and repair the road surface.

“This work will be completed once we have the go-ahead from Cadent gas, following reports of a smell of gas in the area.

“We have also cleared rubbish which had been dumped around the area but would encourage residents to report any fly tipping as this could cause delay to essential repairs being carried out.”

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