UPDATE: ‘Mystery hole’ emergency road closure in city centre continues

Photo Neil Cross'The hole that has appeared in Lancaster Road, Preston, causing traffic disruption

Photo Neil Cross'The hole that has appeared in Lancaster Road, Preston, causing traffic disruption

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A major city centre road has been closed after a hole suddenly appeared this afternoon.

The mysterious hole is believed to be a foot wide appeared just before 11am today on Lancaster Road, Preston.

Lancashire County Council is continuing to investigate what has caused the hole and the road will remain closed between Old Vicarage and Tenterfield Street tomorrow whilst they conduct an excavation.

Old Vicarage is usually one-way from Tithebarn Street to Lancaster Road but this has been temporarily suspended and two-way traffic is allowed to provide a diversion from Lancaster Road to Tithebarn Street.

A spokesman for Lancashire County Council said: “Lancaster Road has been closed for safety due to a road collapse, which our inspector attended at around 11.00am this morning.

“This is a busy area and we’ll carry out excavations tomorrow morning to identify the cause and get the problem sorted out.”

Preston Bus announced that some of their buses will be diverted due to the closure and issued a warning about delays.

A spokesman for Preston bus said: “Following the sudden appearance of a hole in the road on Lancaster road in Preston some buses are diverted.

“Outbound from the bus station services 14, 31/31A, 23, 44, 88A, 80 - will divert via Church Street and Ringway, rejoining original routes as soon as possible.

“Some delays are probable, especially at peak travel times. Services inbound to the bus station are unaffected.

“As this is an emergency road closure we have no indication yet how long the diversions continue.

“Apologies for any inconvenience.”