As you are no doubt aware, there was a lorry fire on London Road in St Ives on Tuesday.
The road where a chemical lorry burst into flames still hasn’t been able to reopen after the incident earlier this week.
Emergency services and specialist cleaning teams have been working on reopening London Road near St Ives, Cambridgeshire since Tuesday night (December 1).
The lorry which was carrying a number of chemical barrels exploded into flames, causing significant damage to the surface of the road.
The burnt-out vehicle was only recovered from the scene on Thursday (December 3) as its remaining contents had to be carefully removed.
Once it had been removed the Environment Agency and Anglian Water have been cleaning the drains, while Highways teams began to resurface the road and footpath.
County Cllr Ian Bates has sent the following message:
“Following the lorry fire on London Road, St Ives, Tuesday evening, our highways team have been working with the fire service and police to clean the area and make sure it is safe after the lorry was carrying chemicals.
The lorry has now been removed, the Environment Agency and Anglian Water have cleaned the drains and our crews have been manning the road closure throughout the night.
Our highways team will resurface the road along with the footpath, there is roughly 70m of road surface and 30m of footpath which need repairing.
Along with the road and footpath, the crews also need to assess and repair the damage caused by the fire to the traffic signals and the street lighting before the road can re-open. We hope the road will reopen by the weekend.”
Cllr Ian Bates, local member for The Hemingfords and Fenstanton, said: “I’d like to thank the emergency services and our highways officers for their hard work on this incident. The road will remain closed while we carry out necessary repairs as the road surface has been damaged from the chemicals. It’s not just the road we need to consider, the footpath, the traffic lights and the street lighting all need to be repaired as they’ve all been damaged in the fire. We’ll carry out the repairs as quickly as we can. A diversion is in place in the area and I’d like to thank all local residents for their patience and understanding while work in underway.”
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