Cheshire East Council is currently undertaking safety improvements to the railway bridge on Wilmslow Road.
As a result the bridge is currently closed at all times from the junction of Heyes Lane to Ryleys Lane.
The road was due to reopen on the Sunday 19th August, however, engineers have discovered a cavity running under the footpath, which appears to be linked to a water pipe running parallel to the kerb. Investigations are ongoing, with the assistance of relevant utility companies, to determine the cause.
Councillor Craig Browne said "The pipe, installed in 1937 was apparently the subject of a burst back in 2002. From early indications, it would appear that the egress of water over time has washed away the earth, leaving a sink hole underneath the road and footpath falling away to the adjacent car park. On the other side of the carriageway, a steel gas pipe has been discovered (which is leaking); engineers from British Gas are currently drilling pilot holes to determine the point of egress.
"Naturally, this is likely to lead to the bridge remaining closed for a significantly longer period than was first envisaged. Unfortunately, I have received a number of reports of abuse towards the engineers and whilst I understand that the situation may be frustrating, it is better that this problem was identified whilst the bridge was closed to vehicles, rather than the alternative which could of course have had disastrous consequences. I would ask everyone to join me in supporting the engineers to carry out their work and allowing them to get on with the job in hand (albeit one which is now significantly more complex than was first envisaged).
Councillor Browne added "In the meantime, as Davey Lane is being used an unofficial diversion route, I have asked CE Highways to put out some "Slow Down" signs to advise drivers, as well as some "Businesses Open as Usual" signs to help the village traders during this prolonged closure."
A spokesperson for Cheshire East Council said "The road will not reopen until it is safe to do so. Additional resources have been assigned and the highways team's working hours extended to complete investigations as swiftly as possible.
"We thank motorists, businesses and residents for their patience during this necessary work."