Sinking King’s Lynn road in a spot of bother

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A sinking road in Gaywood has prompted repair works and temporary traffic lights, just months after the road was originally repaired in September.

Motorists travelling along Seathwaite Road, which is on the Templemead Estate between Reffley Lane and South Wootton Asda, will now find the area surrounding the new depression fenced off with temporary two-way traffic lights while ongoing work takes place.

A Norfolk County Council Highways spokesman said: “Unfortunately the recent works have failed to solve the problem on Seathwaite Road and subsequently a depression has reappeared.

“We are investigating and tests will be done shortly to try and identify the problem.

“Two-way traffic lights have been erected on site to ensure the safety of the road users and will remain on site until the issue has been resolved.”

The spokesman added: “We apologise for any inconvenience caused but the work we’re currently doing is with a view to finding a permanent solution to the problem.”

It is unknown how long it will take to find the cause of the problem and to repair it, but the traffic lights will remain in place until it is completed.

Cllr Michael Langwade, for Gaywood North Bank, said: “It’s unfortunate but that road is close to Reffley Springs where there are already high water levels.

“With all the rain I’m not surprised residents are seeing this problem again.”

He added: “Fortunately, from what I can see of the depression, it is away from the houses.

“I can see it has been roped off and I must praise Norfolk County Council Highways department for dealing with the problem so quickly.

“Hopefully this is just a blip in the season and it will soon be fixed for motorists who regularly use the road.”