Update: Road to remain closed for weeks after bridge collapse

The scene on the A614. Photo courtesy of Network Rail
The scene on the A614. Photo courtesy of Network Rail

A main road in East Yorkshire will be closed for weeks after a bridge collapsed.

A hole opened up in the early hours of last Thursday morning on the A614 on the Holme-on-Spalding-Moor side of Howden due to the partial collapse of a water tunnel and the Network Rail bridge above the culvert.

The cause of the collapse remains under investigation, but work has already begun to replace the tunnel with a new structure and get the road reopened fully in around five weeks, with the plan to partially open the road sooner to allow single file traffic to pass through.

Mark Tarry, area director for Network Rail, said: “Safely carrying out structural repairs to tunnels like this one is something we are very experienced in and work has already started to get the tunnel rebuilt and the road reopened.”

Network Rail continues to work closely with both Yorkshire Water and East Riding Council on all elements of the project, with an emergency diversion route currently in place for vehicles travelling through the area.

Nobody was injured in the incident and the railway is unaffected.