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Mine shaft and sewer collapse near Camborne causing traffic chaos

By WBJLock  |  Posted: January 24, 2014

A mine shaft has collapsed in Troon taking out a sewer pipe in the area leaving a "strong smell."

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A COLLAPSED mine shaft in the middle of Troon’s main road is causing traffic chaos in the area.

As the shaft collapsed on Friday, it took out a sewer pipe below it leaving a “strong smell”.

Cornwall Council’s highways department and South West Water have cordoned off the shaft, on Newton Road, while repair works take place.

But this is causing traffic chaos in Troon, near Camborne, and the emergency services are struggling to get through the village.

Norman Harris, who runs Norman Harris and Sons garage next to where the mine shaft collapsed said: “It’s just crazy. I’ve seen two ambulances and a fire engine pull up and not know where to go. There doesn’t seem to be any diversions in place and no communication.

"What started out as a two foot hole now spans the entire width of the road. It's totally shut off though.

“Luckily, our business has not seen any adverse impact.

“But the bus service is ruined as well. The elderly people on the other side of town now have to walk half a mile to get to the bus. Usually it would go through town, but the roads are not wide enough for those sorts of vehicles.

“The other day, a lorry became wedges trying to use the side roads. It’s chaos, I remember there being a strong smell after it happened.”

But a spokesperson from South West Water said diversions are in place to minimise the impact for local residents: “A mine shaft beneath Newton Road in Troon collapsed, taking a section of our sewer with it.

“We would like to reassure customers that the collapse has not resulted in any pollution to the environment from our network.

“We will be liaising closely with Cornwall Council as they work to repair the road.”

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  • TheGeofflane  |  January 28 2014, 3:58PM

    Assuming the sewer pipe was less than a fathom down, one suspects the shaft is vertical, and simple collapse caused by weather has taken the sewer with it. Regularly, Cornish newspapers confuse the terms 'shaft' and 'adit'. You'd think they would know better, but I suppose they do their 'level' best.

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  • Anyone  |  January 25 2014, 9:59PM

    Strange that the shaft was ABOVE the sewer pipe, I would have thought that they knew the shaft (although it is probably an adit) was there!!!!

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  • break  |  January 24 2014, 10:15PM

    Quick,get Cornwall Council up there to fill it with concrete,we can't have people knowing there used to be mining in and around Camborne.I do wonder how they always manage to miss a mineshaft,even if there aren't any records of it.Part of me is disappointed that they still have enough money to be able to fill these shafts in.

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