End in sight after sinkhole chaos with road set to reopen this evening

Lowestoft sink hole Photo: Reece Hanson

Lowestoft sink hole Photo: Reece Hanson - Credit: Archant

The sinkhole chaose which has blighted Lowestoft for almost two weeks is set to end this evening.

Frustrated workers, visitors and motorists have endured lengthy delays and queuing traffic around the town after the emergency works forced a lane closure on the A47 northbound over the bascule bridge.

With temporary lights and a four-way traffic control system put in place, delays have occurred across Lowestoft as desperate drivers attempt to find an alternative route.

Anglian Water, who discovered a damaged, unused section of pipework as the route of the problem, have now confirmed the road closure will be lifted before the rush hour traffic by 5pm today (Friday, June 14).

The traffic chaos began when the sinkhole appeared on Monday, June 3, at the junction of Station Square and Commercial Road.

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Workers carrying out the emergency repairs confirmed earlier this week that they hoped the road would reopen by early next week, but the road was resurfaced on Thursday with yellow lines forming the box junction repainted shortly after.

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