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Subsiding road

Reported in the Road surface issue category by Victoria Callaby at 10:35, Mon 7 September 2020

Sent to Lincolnshire County Council less than a minute later. Council ref: 376120.

There are two sections at this location that have developed severe subsidence of the road surface resulting in large dips which even at speeds below 20mph cause a car to bounce severely. This road is national speed limit and although the subsidence is close to a bend, it is a slight one and one would probably normally be going faster than 35/40mph at least if driving towards Quadring Fen, and heading towards Gosberton much faster. At speed the driver would experience wild, uncontrolled bouncing which could cause the car to ground out, causing damage or worse, to go out of the drivers control and cause an accident. Local residents will know these humps are there now and drive accordingly but drivers unfamiliar with Swale Bank or only visiting rarely have no warning until too late. At the very least a ‘Ramp’ sign needs placing at the site to warn road users but ultimately the surface needs rebuilding urgently. This has been developing for years but has been much worse in the last 2 years.

There is also a tree that is severely encroaching into the road at the same location causing drivers heading towards Quadring Fen to have to go into the wrong side of the road into the bend which is slightly blinded to the presence of oncoming traffic by trees on the opposite verge. The road is single track and traffic normally barely has room to pass with care anyway. This issue is recent, a few weeks.

In case the map location does not link well enough it is Swale Bank between Osborne House and the gravel dump at the junction with Beck Bank. Just before the junction there is a bend slightly to north (towards the right when travelling towards Quadring Fen) the humps in the road are in two sections, the more severe being at the start of that bend, the lesser being slightly before.

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  • Thank you for reporting this issue. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we may not be able to meet our usual response times. We are doing everything we can to maintain resource levels to provide your highways service. Thank you for your patience.

    Posted by Lincolnshire County Council at 10:35, Mon 7 September 2020

  • This report has been assessed and a job for repair has been raised. We will contact you again when a further update is available.

    State changed to: In progress

    Posted by Lincolnshire County Council at 11:37, Wed 9 September 2020

  • Repairs are scheduled. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, repairs may take longer than our usual response. Thank you for your patience.

    State changed to: Action scheduled

    Posted by Lincolnshire County Council at 14:20, Wed 9 September 2020

  • The repairs promised 9 montha ago are yet to materialise. There has been no attempt to put in temporary signage to warn road users of the hazard either

    Posted by Victoria Callaby at 20:58, Monday 24 May 2021

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