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Subsidence on Pound Lane in Burley is thought to have damaged dozens of vehicles using the road to divert around the closed A35



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DOZENS of vehicles are thought to have been damaged after a large hole opened up on a New Forest road.

Engineers rushed to repair a section of Pound Lane near Burley, but not before it had damaged cars, lorries and buses last night and early this morning when warning signs were not yet in place.

The tarmac on a bridge along the road, close to Burbush car park, dropped around 50cm overnight. The drivers of two buses with ruined suspensions were forced to stop and abandon the vehicles nearby.

Richard has been slowing cars down on the approach to the bridge on Pound Lane
Richard has been slowing cars down on the approach to the bridge on Pound Lane

The route, which is currently being used by drivers who would normally travel on the A35, has seen a ten-fold increase in traffic in recent weeks according to villagers.

Cllr Richard Frampton, who was one of the first to report the problem, spent the morning in hi-vis gear attempting to warn motorists.

Richard even drew markings on the road to alert motorists
Richard even drew markings on the road to alert motorists

He said: “It really is very dangerous. There would have been some serious damage done to cars overnight because in the dark you’d have no chance to see it until it was too late to slow down.

“When the big lorries go over you can see it flexing and dropping down again. Since I’ve been here somebody has been back to take photos because they buckled their wheels.

An abandoned bus which had been damaged by subsidence in Pound Lane near Burley
An abandoned bus which had been damaged by subsidence in Pound Lane near Burley

“If the repair was not done today, some would have been coming along here tonight and not seen the warning signs until it was too late; they would have cartwheeled the car over because if the sumps dug in there is nowhere to go.

Water has been pouring down the wall holding the bridge up
Water has been pouring down the wall holding the bridge up

“The traffic is ten-fold what it would normally be and, with the weather conditions last night, it looks like the bank has just slipped away.

“These roads are made for local traffic not continuous pounding with HGV – that’s what’s done it. A lot of them shouldn’t even be coming along here because it’s a 7.5-tonne weight limit and they can’t all be delivering to Bransgore.”

After arriving at the scene and realising the danger other motorists would be in, Richard decided to remain on the bridge to alert approaching road users in both directions.

“It took me half an hour this morning on hold to 101 before I could report it," he said. "When the engineers did arrive they didn’t have the right shoes so they couldn’t go down to have a look under the bridge and see what was causing the problem.

“My son came down in his wellies to have a look and there is water pouring out of the wall which is holding the bridge up. I think they will be looking at a pretty significant repair job up here as well.

“It may be that the wall is holding back water and that’s what’s doing it.”

After assessing the hole, a team of highways engineers closed the road for around 30 minutes so that it could be patched with hot tarmac as a short term solution.

A spokesperson for HCC said: “We have carried out urgent repair work on a defect on Pound Lane near Burley and will be closely monitoring the condition of the road until a further, more permanent repair can be made – when we are able to close the road to traffic.”



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