Black hole of Blackshots means Blackshots Lane to be closed for two months

A GRAYS main road is to be closed next week – for up to eight weeks – following the collapse of land outside a house last month.

A hole opened up in the garden of a home in Blackshots Lane and a process of ground investigation – to determine the ground conditions – combined with ground stabilisation will be carried out by contractors working for the insurance company of the affected property.

The road will be closed to all vehicular traffic between its junction with Wentworth Place and the entry to Blackshots Leisure Centre as the contractor’s compound will occupy the road for storage of plant and materials as well as working at the hole.

Several bus routes will be placed on diversion while the road is closed – the 007, 11, 22, and 201. In addition, diversions will be set up for traffic along Long Lane and Windsor Avenue.

A spokesman for Thurrock Council said: “It is unfortunate that it is possible these works may take so long, but it is imperative a full investigation is carried out and that the works are completed to ensure the stabilisation is fully effective.

“We can only apologise to those people and businesses who may be temporarily inconvenienced by the work, but equally it is important that we ensure a Thurrock family is able to return to their home as quickly as possible.”

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