Shades of Lower Road and Church Street – Six holes in roads – report by getSURREY


If you thought the potholes in Surrey were bad, just look at the size of some of these road craters!

The hole in a road that caught out an unsuspecting driver in Walton this week was far from the first incident of its kind.

We’re not talking potholes in Surrey here – if we were, then this article could potentially go on forever – in fact, it’s often burst water mains that have been the cause.

Thankfully, this series of incidents going back to 2009 have not led to anyone being badly hurt.

1. Esher ‘sinkhole’ mystery

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Highways and gas experts were left puzzled by this hole which appeared in Imber Court Road, Esher, in June 2014.

Residents had reported subsidence and a “dip” in the road, before the hole in the surface appeared with a space underneath “large enough to accommodate most of a car”.

2. Burst water main on the A320… again

@SurreyRoadCopsA car became stuck on the A320 after a water main burst

A 15in water main ruptured on the A320 Guildford Road, between Ottershaw and St Peter’s Hospital, in April 2014, leaving a 4×4 well and truly stuck in a rut.

The section of road had seen almost identical incidents happening on more than one occasion before, and Affinity Water said at the time that it was carrying out an investigation into the ageing water main.

3. Now I do not believe you wanted to do that…

In September 2012, a motorist told how the ground “just collapsed” from under his car at a roundabout on the A320 in Chertsey.

Another burst water main caused part of the roundabout to cave in, leaving the BMW stuck and having to be winched out.

4. And guess what happened less than a year before?

Oh dear…

In October 2011, a 12in water pipe erupted and caused a road surface collapse on the A320 between Woking and Chertsey.

Luckily, the female driver had got out of her car after hearing a noise – just as the ground gave way and took the vehicle with it.

5. You cannot be sewerious!

“My, what a large hole…”

A collapsed sewer led to the closure of Dorking’s main A25 West Street in January 2010.

Vehicles were led on a lengthy diversion through the town – and they wouldn’t have wanted to be anywhere near the hole, where a tanker was used to manage the waste overflow from the open sewer…

6. Water, water, everywhere!

A burst water pipe “tore up huge chunks of the road surface” under Victoria Arch, in Woking, in March 2009.

Eyewitnesses reported water gushing from a gaping hole as motorists slowly navigated their way through the flood.