Reigate Hill manhole cover collision: ‘maintenance issue’ identified

David Grantham, 30 September 2020

After the incident a blue car could be seen on Reigate Hill, just north of Brokes Road, with front airbags deployed.

Surrey County Council has been in touch with Thames Water after a manhole cover came loose on Reigate Hill causing it to be struck by two cars on Thursday morning (24 September).

Surrey Police were called to the collision at 6.14am, at the corner of Oakfield Drive and Reigate Hill.

A police spokesperson said: “Two vehicles had driven into a manhole cover which had been lifted by water. There were no injuries.”

The incident was passed to the local highways authority, Surrey County Council.

On Monday (30 September) a county council spokesperson said: “Surrey’s contractors visited Reigate Hill on 24th September and have reported a maintenance issue to Thames Water.”

Reigate.uk has contacted Thames Water for further information.

On Friday last week a spokesperson for the company said they were not aware of the incident, but did say that a report of a loose-fitting manhole cover “in Brokes Road” had been received at the start of that week, and which was due to be replaced.

It’s not yet clear whether that relates to the incident, given the different description of the location.