Massive Sinkhole Causes Closure of High Street in Swanscombe, Not Related to Previous Road Collapse, Says Councillor

Massive Sinkhole Causes Closure of High Street in Swanscombe, Not Related to Previous Road Collapse, Says Councillor

A massive sinkhole has suddenly appeared near the collapsed Galley Hill Road in Swanscombe, causing part of High Street to be closed off. The crevice, which measures approximately three meters wide, has led to the closure of the road by the George and Dragon pub at the junction of London Road and High Street.

According to Swanscombe and Greenhithe Town Councillor Peter Harman, the sinkhole is not related to the earlier road collapse. He stated, “Kent County Council prioritizes safety and if there were any concerns, the entire road would have been closed instead of just one side.”

In a meeting held in January, KCC revealed that they were unable to access the site on A226 Galley Hill Road, which has been closed for the past 10 months. Four possible solutions were suggested to repair the damaged road between Swanscombe High Street and Ebbsfleet United Football Club’s Kuflink Stadium in Northfleet.

Reports state that the collapse, which occurred last April, was caused by a burst water pipe. However, KCC spokesperson denies any connection between the sinkhole and the cliff collapse on Galley Hill Road. The spokesperson stated, “We have been made aware of a void beneath the surface of High Street in Swanscombe. Our team is currently working with our contractor to assess the situation and take necessary actions.”

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