Shock for drivers as sinkhole appears on busy road into Burnley

Motorists had a shock when a sinkhole appeared on one of the busiest roads into Burnley.

Barriers have been erected around the hole, which has been filled in as a temporary measure, in Burnley Road, Cliviger, and traffic lights installed to allow repairs to take place.

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A spokesman for Lancashire County Council said: "We inspected what was originally thought to be a pothole on Burnley Road in mid-July, however, before we had chance to repair it we had another call from a member of the public to let us know that it had developed into a sinkhole overnight.

Barriers have been erected around the sinkhole in Burnley Road, Cliviger ,that appeared overnight. It has also been filled in temporarily while a schedule of repair work is drawn up

"We immediately put up barriers to make the area safe and have now carried out further investigations and it appears to have been caused by a collapse to a culvert under the road.

"We have backfilled the hole as a temporary measure while we schedule the repairs needed.

"The temporary traffic signals will be needed until this is completed. We're sorry for the disruption.”

Motorist Ian Walker captured this image of the sinkhole in Burnley Road, Cliviger when it appeared overnight