Sunderland road closed off to traffic over safety concerns after wall crumbles

It is not known how long a section of a busy Sunderland road will remain closed off to motorists after a wall began to crumble.

Friday, 22nd January 2021, 6:34 pm

Sunderland City Council is working alongside the owners of the structure as repairs are arranged for the structure on Silksworth Hall Drive, which has led to part of Silksworth Road to be closed off.

No traffic is able to pass that part of the route, with no guidance given on how long the diversion will be in place, with a stretch of around 30 metres sealed off.

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A section of Silksworth Road has been closed off due to safety concerns caused by a wall.

A spokesperson for the council said: “A section of the retaining wall at Silksworth Hall Drive has become unstable.

“The council is in contact with property owners and repair works to the wall are being prepared.

“A road closure is necessary for safety reasons.

“Silksworth Road is closed from Silksworth Hall Drive and Oak Tree Drive.

Parts of the wall which backs onto Silksworth Road have disintegrated.

"Diversions are via Silksworth Lane, Warwick Terrace, Miller Terrace, Blind Lane Silksworth Terrace.”

Ward councillor Phil Tye shared an update with residents on Facebook which said the emergency closure has been put in place following checks made over the Christmas period on that part of the road, known as Bochys Bank.

He told followers: “Regular monitoring of the wall led to a temporary barrier to be placed and traffic management, after the weather of the last few days and movement from the wall it was agreed that the road will close to assess the immediate danger and work with the private owners to find a quick solution.”

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