Road to be closed ‘until next year’

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REPAIRS to a Sheffield road which collapsed a week and a half ago are not expected to be completed until ‘at least until early 2012’, according to transport bosses.

South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive made the announcement about Glossop Road, Broomhill, in an update about bus service diversions caused by the road’s continued closure.

Advice on the organisation’s website said: “These arrangements will be in force for the duration of the road closure, which is not yet known. It is expected to last at least until early 2012.

“Operators will endeavour to maintain existing timetables where possible, but increased traffic congestion resulting from the closure may make this difficult.”

Sheffield Council said its officers are expected to report back in the middle of next week about the cost of the repair and how long it is likely to take.

The Health and Safety Executive is investigating the cause of the road and pavement collapse, which happened where Glossop Road runs above King Edward VII School. The embankment below had been excavated as part of a £20 million school rebuilding project.

Bus services 10/10A, 30, 120, 123, 505 and S6A are affected by the disruption.

Journeys on the 120 to the Hallamshire Hospital only are unaffected but 120 buses to Fulwood are diverted via Western Bank and Whitham Road. Service 30, 123 and 505 will continue to serve stops at the Hallamshire on journeys towards the city from Fulwood but are running on diversionary routes. Services 10/10A are unable to serve the Hallamshire Hospital.