Flooded subway leaves families crossing through heavy traffic

Flooded pedestrain subway under Church Street North, Monkwearmouth on Sunday.
Flooded pedestrain subway under Church Street North, Monkwearmouth on Sunday.
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A SUBWAY used by parents and children to avoid a busy road has been flooded for two weeks.

The underpass on Church Street North, Monkwearmouth, has been left unusable since heavy rain caused the drains to become blocked.

This has meant the people who would normally use it every day have been forced to navigate the heavy traffic and cross the road.

Alan Longhorn, a caretaker, who lives in Church Street North, said: “It’s been flooded now for a fortnight and two feet of water have built up.

“I phoned the council and asked for them to fix it but they just came out and placed mesh across each entrance.

“There are parents and their children here that have to cross the road to get to school and it’s terribly busy at peak times.

“You have to walk another 300 yards up the road to cross it safely and that’s a long way to for people with pushchairs.”

The 64-year-old said: “It makes me feel very frustrated and I wonder what are our taxes are going to, especially as it’s happened before.

“You take your life in your hands when you cross the road.”

Les Clark, head of Street Scene, for Sunderland City Council, said: “The flooded subway in Church Street North was brought to our attention on Friday.

“Street Scene officers visited the subway the same day to cordon the entrances off and attach signs informing the public that the subway is closed to access.

“There is a problem with the drainage pumps in the subway, and we have arranged for these to be replaced. This work will be completed as soon as possible.

“We apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

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