Corby road still shut ten days after thunder storm forced its closure

The road surface on the Oakley Vale estate road was destroyed by the rain

By Kate Cronin
Thursday, 25th June 2020, 5:54 pm
The storm caused the whole surface of the road to lift away
The storm caused the whole surface of the road to lift away

A road surface in Corby that was ruined following torrential rain earlier this month remains closed today (Thursday, June 25).

Lyveden Way, a major road through the Oakley Vale estate, is shut at its junction with Boughton Road and Coomb Road after floodwater lifted a manhole cover which brought the tarmac with it on June 15.

Initially the road was open one-way but it was then decided it was too dangerous to allow traffic to continue using the unaffected side of the road.

Anglian Water were due on site today

Since then, contractors working for Northants County Council and Anglian Water have both been on site to assess the damage, but no work has started.

It means those living in the racecourse community on the estate have to take a detour along narrow Boughton Road to get out on to Oakley Road.

Northants Highways initially said that it was up to Anglian Water to carry-out the repair, but a response from Anglian Water said: "We have been out to investigate and confirmed that there is no work for Anglian Water to carry out.

"The cover does not need any work but the tarmac where the lightening struck is down for repair by Highways."

Then NCC said that the road would be reopened yesterday (June 24).

Anglian Water then said they were due to hold a site meeting today to decide on a timetable for the work.

Passing pedestrian Amara Abebe said this lunchtime: "They put the barriers up and then just left it. I'm not sure what's going on but it's causing issues for people living in these little roads because there's so many cars going through. It's not the residents, it's the supermarket deliveries that are up and down all day."