Traffic disrupted as landslip probed

TRAFFIC is likely to be disrupted for at least a week after the collapse of a footpath next to King Edward VII upper school in Glossop Road, Broomhill.

Vehicles travelling towards the city were diverted as a result of the landslip, which brought down part of a stone wall forming a boundary with the school, which is currently undergoing a £22m redevelopment and refurbishment project.

The footpath, opposite the Rutland Hotel and near a bus stop, crumbled on Tuesday lunchtime.

King Edward VII headteacher Bev Jackson said workers from the school’s contractors, Vinci, had been monitoring the wall every day to check there had been no movement caused by the building works. “It’s a mystery – although there has been a lot of rain this week on dry ground and that could be a factor. There’s a lot of rubble which has fallen down towards the school but that is all. But it is lucky that no-one was working in the area and that no-one was at the bus stop.”

A statement by the council and Vinci said: “A thorough investigation is already in hand and this is likely to take until at least the end of next week. An extended safety zone has been set up on Glossop Road around the area affected and the traffic diversion will be in place until the investigation and repairs have been completed.

“The structural condition of the walls and highway are being regularly monitored and it may be necessary to implement further safety measures and diversions in due course based on the continued monitoring and repair works necessary.”

Repairs would be done “as quickly and safely as practicably possible”.