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Friday, 30 August, 2002, 17:51 GMT 18:51 UK
Collapse danger may affect thousands
Field Road in January 2000
Field Road had to be evacuated following subsidence
More than 2,000 homes in Reading may be in danger from underground chalk mines.

A road collapse in 2000 prompted Reading Council to carry out a study to discover the extent of the mines.

On Friday the council told about 2,800 homeowners that further investigation into the stability of the ground was now needed.

Residents now fear that house prices in the area could plummet.

The three areas affect are: around Field Road; between Oxford Road and Tilehurst Road; and between Tilehurst Road and Bath Road

People were told that exploration work, which may include bore holes, would now have to take place.

The problem first came to light in January 2000 when part of Field Road in Reading collapsed.


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