Swallow hole in Welwyn Garden City ‘leaves sewer exposed’

Applecroft Road closed after hole opened up

Applecroft Road closed after hole opened up - Credit: Archant

A HUGE swallow hole was said to have left a sewer exposed and a road closed.

Applecroft Road closed after hole opened up

Applecroft Road closed after hole opened up - Credit: Archant

Traffic chaos ensued as the ground gave way in Applecroft Road, WGC today (Monday) leaving already congested roads during school closing time full of cars.

The swallow hole tweet

The swallow hole tweet - Credit: Archant

A school crossing patrol man, who did not want to be named, said: “It was filled in on Friday and I went over it this morning with my car.

“I think it’s a collapsed sewer, you can smell it if you get close to it.”

One parent was picking his son up from Applecroft School near to the site and said: “There’s a big hole in the ground, it’s not very safe.”

Hertfordshire Highways, the county council’s roads department, tweeted: “Applecroft Road, Welwyn Garden City closed due to a swallow hole in the carriageway.

“Emergency response team in attendance.”

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