Mystery crater, four metres deep, opens up in Penge High Street

PUBLISHED: 16:58 09 September 2013 | UPDATED: 16:58 09 September 2013

This image shows the beginnings of the void which opened up on Sunday. PICTURE: @courts2488

This image shows the beginnings of the void which opened up on Sunday. PICTURE: @courts2488


A mystery crater opened up in Penge High Street on Sunday afternoon.

Traffic was disrupted as the road was closed from the junction with Croydon Road and Kingsdale Road while Thames Water investigated the four metre deep void.

The cause of the hole is yet to be identified, though it is thought it could be the result of running water washing away soil underneath the tarmac.

Thames Water say they are “working closely” with Bromley Council on the incident, which has damaged one of their trunk sewers - causing a strong smell of sewage to come up from the hole.

A spokesman said: “While we don’t yet know what the cause of this problem is, we are taking ownership of it because we have three foot-wide water mains running nearby. We cannot afford to have them damaged too.”

An exploratory investigation is set to take place at the site tomorrow.

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