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Road collapse damages sewer in Manchester

United Utilities is working to repair a sewer damaged when a section of road collapsed in Manchester.

The utilities firm was called in by Manchester City Council after the sinkhole appeared on Mancunian Way on Friday afternoon following days of heavy rain.

A spokesman for United Utilities said the hole took out most of one lane of the highway, and that sand and debris had entered the sewer below.

A section of the road is closed, and an overland length of pipe has been connected to bypass the damaged element of the sewer.

A Manchester City Council spokesperson said today: “United Utilities has been working at the site over the weekend, working closely with the city council, to assess the collapse. A repair plan is now in place to stabilise the hole and make the cavity watertight to allow engineers to restore the damage.

“This initial phase of work could take up to 10 days, but until we are completely satisfied that the area is safe, the section of the Mancunian Way will remain closed in both directions.”

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