Rosie Cooper MP

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27/06/08 MP calls for Ormskirk road collapse probe

WEST Lancs MP Rosie Cooper has called on road bosses to launch an urgent investigation after part of a busy Ormskirk street mysteriously collapsed.

Derby Street, Ormskirk

Derby Street was shut for the best part of 24 hours on Monday after a hole suddenly appeared in the road.

This isn’t the first time the road has suffered problems. In 2006, it was shut for more than a week when a main sewer collapsed. But the cause of the latest incident has not been identified.

Rosie Cooper, Labour MP for West Lancashire, said: “I’ve written to the Chief Executive of the Highways Agency, Graham Dalton, because I’m concerned as they haven’t identified what caused this, it could easily happen again, causing further havoc in the town centre.

“Ormskirk is a small market town which experiences heavy traffic at the best of times, so having to close Derby Street causes real problems.

“Quite clearly, this is an unacceptable state of affairs for local people we need thorough investigation into the fact that there could be a serious problem with the main through road.

“I’m demanding the Highways Agency investigates this issue and make a full assessment of what needs to be done prevent further occurrences of this nature.

“This matter needs investigating and resolving now.”

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