A SUSPECTED sewer collapse which closed a road in Chester is not as serious as first feared.

The junction between Brook Street and Francis Street closed this morning (Monday, August 11) so that engineers could work to fix the problem.

Initial reports had suggested closures and diversions could remain in place for a week but the county council now says the road will be open tonight.

David Hope, Cheshire County Council spokesman, said: “It’s not as bad as first thought. The sewer is intact - the surface substructure collapsed and materials have been washed away.

“They are putting in dry mixed concrete and will tarmac it by the early evening. They may have to do a more permanent repair next week.”

The closed junction is scheduled to re-open at 7pm.

As a result of no access into Brook Street, traffic has been diverted from Station Road onto Hoole Way and Milton Street, and St Oswald Way via Seller Street and over the bridge left into Milton Street.

Mr Hope recommended that 13 tonne weight, and longer, vehicles should avoid the area because of restricted turning space.