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Belfast's Malone Road 'to reopen' after small sinkhole discovery

By Staff Reporter

Published 29/08/2016

Police and Department of Infrastructure workers at the scene of the sinkhole that forced the closure of the Malone Road yesterday
Police and Department of Infrastructure workers at the scene of the sinkhole that forced the closure of the Malone Road yesterday
Police and Department of Infrastructure workers at the scene of the sinkhole that forced the closure of the Malone Road yesterday
Sinkholes around the world - A sinkhole covers a street intersection in downtown Guatemala City
Sinkholes around the world - This massive sinkhole swallowed an intersection at Brooklyns Sunset Park in New York. Image: New York City Fire Department (FDNY) / Facebook
The massive sinkhole swallowed an intersection at Brooklyns Sunset Park in New York. Image: New York City Fire Department (FDNY) / Facebook
Sinkholes around the world - Madera (Madera Police Facebook/PA)
A view of a large crack on a house in Magadalen's Close, Ripon, after a 25ft wide sinkhole opened up in the street
Several cars collapsed into a sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky (AP//National Corvette Museum)
A view of the sinkhole in Hemel Hempstead, which is approximately 35ft wide and 20ft deep.
Police and Department of Infrastructure workers at the scene of the sinkhole that forced the closure of the Malone Road yesterday

A busy main road in south Belfast is expected to reopen later after repairs are carried out following a small subsidence in the surface.

Have you seen any signs of subsidence or a sinkhole near you? - send us a picture to digital.editorial@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

The Malone Road, in the city's main student area, was shut off close to the Botanic Inn after the subsidence prompted safety fears.

While the road was relatively quiet on Sunday evening there were fears there would be traffic chaos on today's bank holiday and tomorrow as pupils are set to return to some schools in Belfast.

Diversions were in place last night between Wellington Park and Eglantine Avenue.

The area is also popular with revellers due to the many bars and clubs, which will cause headaches for taxi drivers.

But on Monday afternoon it was announced that the road was set to reopen on Monday evening.

A Transport NI spokesman said: "The road is expected to open later this evening. Investigations into the cause are underway."

Sinkholes around the world - A sinkhole covers a street intersection in downtown Guatemala City
Sinkholes around the world - A sinkhole covers a street intersection in downtown Guatemala City
Sinkholes around the world - This massive sinkhole swallowed an intersection at Brooklyns Sunset Park in New York. Image: New York City Fire Department (FDNY) / Facebook
The massive sinkhole swallowed an intersection at Brooklyns Sunset Park in New York. Image: New York City Fire Department (FDNY) / Facebook
Sinkholes around the world - Madera (Madera Police Facebook/PA)
A view of a large crack on a house in Magadalen's Close, Ripon, after a 25ft wide sinkhole opened up in the street
Several cars collapsed into a sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky (AP//National Corvette Museum)
A view of the sinkhole in Hemel Hempstead, which is approximately 35ft wide and 20ft deep.

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