New Road in Linslade closed as 8ft deep “sinkhole” discovered

A Leighton-Linslade road has been hastily closed after an 8ft deep sinkhole opened up.

Pedestrians, cyclists and motorists will not be able to access New Road, Linslade, due to a void opening up this afternoon at the edge of the pavement and road.

The void in New Road, Linslade sparked speculation about a network of tunnels. Photo: Leighton Buzzard Community Policing Team

The void in New Road, Linslade sparked speculation about a network of tunnels. Photo: Leighton Buzzard Community Policing Team

The hole is near Bethel Free Grace Baptist Church and Bedfordshire Police have been guarding the scene.

The Leighton Buzzard Community Policing Team, said: “After a call from concerned member of a public we’ve found a large void (8feet deep X around 24 sq feet ) under the tarmac. Currently awaiting assessment.”

A Bedfordshire Police spokeswoman told the LBO: “We were called around 3.25pm this afternoon in relation to a hole opening up in New Road, Linslade.

“We sent officers to keep the scene safe for motorists and pedestrians.

“We are now handing over to Highways.”

A resident, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “There’s tunnels that go all over Leighton Buzzard and Linslade and I’ve been down some, as I’m a cave diver.

“I don’t know whether the hole that has collapsed is a tunnel or it could be to do with the water mains.

“It’s [the road] has been subsiding for years. There’s also wells and streams underground that run all over here.”

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Central Bedfordshire Council has been contacted for a statement.