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Collapsed pipe causes huge hole


An investigation is under way after part of a main road through a Manchester suburb collpased, leaving a gaping hole.

A collapsed pipe caused a huge hole to open in the middle of a main road in south Manchester, the council said.

The 2m (6.6ft) diameter hole appeared when the surface gave way on Barlow Moor Road in Didsbury on Wednesday, causing delays for motorists.

Manchester City Council said repairs to the pipe and road should be completed during the weekend.

Diversions are in place as the work is carried out, affecting traffic on Palatine Road and Wilmslow Road.

Chris Barber, Manchester City Council's head of highways services, said: "After ongoing investigations our initial conclusion is that a collapsed pipe, which drains rain water from the road into the sewer, caused the problem on Barlow Moor Road.

"Repairs to both the pipe and the road will be carried out now as quickly and efficiently as possible and should be completed during the weekend as long as there are no further engineering problems."

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