Sinkhole repair works - Hobson Street / Ryle Street, Macclesfield

What we are doing

We are working alongside multi agencies to continue the complex investigations surrounding the carriageway collapse and damaged culvert on Hobson Street, Macclesfield.  A number of options are being considered and we will update this page with the recommended course of action that will allow us to proceed with the work safely.

We have completed a temporary repair to a section of the culvert which has enabled us to resurface and reopen Ryle Street.

Councillor Craig Browne, Chair of Cheshire East Council’s Highways and Transport Committee, said: “Although it has not been possible to carry out any further repairs on site, we have been working hard to investigate the condition of the drainage system and to identify the location and nature of the complex problems that need to be addressed.  We are currently looking at a number of options and will produce a report providing details and a recommended course of action.  I understand the ongoing frustration of the residents of Hobson Street and am grateful to them for their understanding and patience. We will continue to keep residents informed through the council’s dedicated web page for this particular project and will shortly be writing to all residents.”

Hobson Street update:

  • the works have been and are continuing to be complex which is involving a great deal of coordination with multi agencies
  • additional supports have been installed to protect the high pressure gas main allow the repair to the culvert to be undertaken
  • temporary repair to the united utilities sewer has been completed
  • we are continuing to liaise with  residents and local elected Members
  • A camera survey took place on 14 April 2021, however it was only possible to look at short section due to the condition of the culvert and level of water
  • We are working hard to investigate the condition of the drainage system to identify how the problems can be addressed, however this work presents considerable challenges and risks. A number of options are being considered and we will provide details of the recommended course of action that will allow us to proceed with the work safely. 
  • The costs for this work will be significant with no guarantee that it would provide all of the information we require.
  • Hobson Street will remain closed during this time whilst the investigation continues. The area around the sinkhole will continue to be cordoned off until further works can be undertaken

What you should know

How long will the work take?

Information about the work will be published on this webpage as the investigations and the work progresses. We are working hard alongside multi agencies and aim to provide dates as soon as we can.

I am having issues accessing my property

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this closure is causing or has caused to you. Please call 0300 123 5020 and we will arrange to resolve the issue.

Why is it taking so long?

Investigation work continued following a sinkhole which appeared in February 2020. The culvert is old, deep, runs underneath numerous properties as well as the highway and its condition is unknown.  This is an extremely complex piece of work involving a great deal of coordination with multi agencies and landowners. 

Why does the road need to stay closed when I can’t see much work taking place?

The road remains closed for safety reasons. Leaving a collapsed culvert exposed would be extremely dangerous.

What is a culvert and why is this one damaged?

Culverts are enclosed watercourses located underground that are used to divert or drain water from land above it – they are sometimes very large. Investigations are ongoing into the cause of the collapse.

Will my property be at risk of flooding?

To find out about the risk of flooding, please visit the flood-warning-information.service.

Where can I find out more about responsibilities for managing culverts and watercourses?

For more details please visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/owning-a-watercourse

Further advice on Councils approach to managing these watercourses can also be found on the Flood risk management page.