Collapsed Edinburgh manhole cover is stuffed with road sign at …

A concerned Edinburgh resident has raised the alarm over a men at work sign being placed in a busted manhole cover on a busy capital street.[1]

Images shared with Edinburgh Live show a red and white warning sign stuffed into a manhole that appears to be gaping due to the cover being badly damaged.

The pictures were taken on the evening of Friday September 9 on Home Street, which is an extremely busy road leading to the city’s West End from Morningside.[2]

An individual who witnessed the issue says they were worried that a driver could damage their vehicle due to the severity of the issue.

The passer-by, 48, said: "It looks like a manhole cover has collapsed. It's just on the lead up to a busy junction on the way into the city centre so it must see a fair amount of traffic passing through.

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"I suppose wear and tear is inevitable and it looks like the metal cover has completely caved in.

"I'm not sure how long it's been like that or whether it's got worse over time but some concerned driver has clearly taken it upon themselves to warn other motorists by sticking a sign in it.

A men at work sign could be seen stuffed into the manhole. A men at work sign could be seen stuffed into the manhole.

“Just as well because I'm guessing it could cause a blowout at the very least if you hit it.

"There was no sign of any road maintenance around so I don't know if the men at work sign was meant to be ironic."

It is understood that anyone wishing to report damaged or missing manholes to Scottish Water can do so through their website here.[7]

Scottish Water have been approached for comment.


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