A SINKHOLE in a road next to the Kassam Stadium was most likely caused by a Victorian ceramic water pipe collapsing, an Oxfordshire geologist has said.
The hole, approximately 8ft by 4ft, formed on Saturday outside the Ozone Leisure Park next to Oxford United’s stadium.
Mark Barron, of the British Geological Survey (BGS) in Wallingford, said it was probably caused by heavy rain from Saturday’s storm.
He said: “This geology is Beckley Sand, which is relatively loose.
“There used to be a farm in that area called Minchery Farm and our guess was that there must have been old clay or pottery pipes connected with the farm.
“If a historic water pipe or even a more recent one was damaged then a leakage could cause the sand to start to mobilise.
“With a lot of rain falling in a short period of time that is a classic scenario for a hole to open.
“There might be joints between them that start to leak, but they can also be moved around by surface activity.
“The interesting thing is that this hole is quite elongated, one wonders whether that is parallel to the pipe.”
Neither Firoka, the county council or Thames Water responded to our queries.
Our top stories:
9:00am Wednesday 28th January 2015
THE amount of compensation claimed by Oxfordshire drivers for pothole damage more than doubled in two years.
1:19pm Wednesday 28th January 2015
Tesco Metro in Bicester will close on April 4.
Road collisions claim 27 lives in Oxfordshire in 2014 as number of fatal crashes rises across Thames Valley
12:43pm Wednesday 28th January 2015
TWENTY-seven people died in traffic collisions across the county last year.
12:00pm Wednesday 28th January 2015
THE three remaining cooling towers at the former Didcot A power station will be demolished in 2016, according to energy company RWE npower.
11:51am Wednesday 28th January 2015
A MAN is in hospital after he was cut across the face by a stranger, police said.
8:30am Wednesday 28th January 2015
A HORSE and carriage funeral procession made its way through the streets of Oxford yesterday as a great grandfather made his final journey.