Severn Trent to carry out emergency repairs to sewer pipe beneath A5 in Cannock

Wednesday 21st February

Severn Trent is to carry out emergency work to repair a collapsed sewer beneath the A5 in Cannock on Saturday.

The company has found that an 11 inch sewer pipe, which takes waste away from local homes and businesses, has collapsed and needs urgent repairs.

Mark Gibbons, who is leading the work for Severn Trent, said: “We’ve identified that there’s an issue with a sewer pipe that’s buried seven metres under the A5.

“This is a complicated repair and before we dig down to the pipe we need to do some investigation work in the area to understand what other pipes and cables are near to the sewer pipe. Then to get it fixed we’ll need to dig down to the pipe and replace the damaged section.” 

To allow engineers to complete the work safely the A5 Watling Street will be closed in both directions at the junction with New Street. A fully signposted diversion will be in place taking motorists along the A4601. 

Work will begin on Saturday 24 February and should be finished within three weeks.

Mark continues: “We’re really sorry for the disruption this will cause but this is essential work to keep the sewer network working in the area for all our customers. During the closure businesses along the A5 can be accessed as normal from the Telford direction and via the diversion if coming from the Walsall direction.

“We’ll work as quickly as we can to get the work done and the road reopened.”