The sinkhole which appeared at the corner of Cambridge Road and Preston New Road in Churchtown on 13 March 2015

Whoever said the number 13 was unlucky…? 

It was six years today – the 13th of March – when this huge sinkhole suddenly appeared from nowhere in Churchtown in Southport. 

Do you remember when it appeared? 

The huge hole, which measured 15ft by 10ft, appeared at the traffic lights at the junction of Cambridge Road and Preston New Road in Churchtown.

Workmen were soon looking into it… 

The sinkhole which appeared on the corner of Cambridge Road and Preston New Road in Churchtown in Southport on 13 March 2015. Photo by Tanya Preece

The sinkhole which appeared on the corner of Cambridge Road and Preston New Road in Churchtown in Southport on 13 March 2015. Photo by Tanya Preece

Fortunately no-one was injured and no vehicles were damaged when the crater occurred. 

The sewer collapse caused delays for weeks for drivers heading through the village, and motorists commuting between Southport and Preston.

Engineers were soon on site using tankers to pump water from the hole.

The sinkhole which appeared on the corner of Cambridge Road and Preston New Road in Churchtown in Southport on 13 March 2015. Photo by Lee Stirrup

The sinkhole which appeared on the corner of Cambridge Road and Preston New Road in Churchtown in Southport on 13 March 2015. Photo by Lee Stirrup

United Utilities spokesman John Martin said at the time: “We’ve now managed to pump the majority of water away which was escaping from the collapsed sewer.

“This has allowed us to CCTV the sewer pipe which has confirmed the large hole in the road was a result of the sewer collapsing underneath.

The sinkhole which appeared on the corner of Cambridge Road and Preston New Road in Churchtown in Southport on 13 March 2015. Photo by Kate Eccles

The sinkhole which appeared on the corner of Cambridge Road and Preston New Road in Churchtown in Southport on 13 March 2015. Photo by Kate Eccles

“The next stage of work will be to put in some temporary pipes to prevent further flooding.

“We also need some cables to be moved from our working area so we can dig down and expose the damaged pipe.

“From this point, without seeing the full extent of the damaged pipe, we envisage we’ll be on site for several weeks.

“We would urge commuters travelling in and around the area to leave some extra time to make their journey. And we’re very sorry for the disruption.”

Local people gave their reactions to Churchtown’s newest water attraction at the time.

Chris Lee joked: “In the UK we are meant to drive on the left hand side of the road. Now we drive on what’s left of the road!”

Val Tregurtha said: “Big filling at Oasis dentist!”

Andrew Winder said: “Just got down there with my shorts and lilo. I got some funny looks but the water was quite nice, there was a guy in a high-vis saying no running diving bombing or petting.”

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