Collapsed sewer may have hit trade

Ormskirk Road in Rainford where a sewer has collapse leaving a huge hole in the road
Ormskirk Road in Rainford where a sewer has collapse leaving a huge hole in the road

A BUSY road remained partially closed yesterday following a major sewer collapse.

United Utilities workmen remained on the scene on Ormskirk Road in Rainford after a sewer collapse a fortnight ago created a hole in the road.

The road remained closed at the junction with Dairy Farm Road - with access being maintained to the UK garage from the Rainford end.

Several businesses along Ormskirk Road feared that trade may have been affected by the incident.

Michael Constantino, the manager of the Village Chippy, said: “It was quiet all last week but I’m not sure if it was just a bad week or if people were put off by the problems with the road.

“The passing daytime trade, in particular, definitely dropped off quite a lot. For the sake of all the businesses along here I hope it gets sorted as soon as possible.”

Staff members at The Deli and the Golden Brown beauty salon also told of the inconvenience.

One said: “You’ve got an issue at the moment if you want to get to the motorway. It’s not ideal, but I’m sure they’re working on it.

“It’s been going on for a while now though - I thought it might have been fixed by now.”

Speaking yesterday, Paul Foster, a wastewater network manager for United Utilities, said: “This was a deep sewer so, in order for our team to work safely, we unfortunately had to close the road. Our priority is always to complete repairs as quickly as possible to minimise disruption.”

He added: “The road should be reopened later today (Tuesday, April 23) and we are sorry for any inconvenience caused.”