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Burst pipe leads to chaos

Worcester Editorial 5th Aug, 2014 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

A BURST water pipe is causing chaos after it forced the closure of one of the city’s busiest roads.

Engineers worked overnight to try and fix the problem on Hylton Road, but it was expected to remain shut until at least tomorrow (Wednesday).

Neil Hurcomb, Severn Trent Water manager, said it was doing everything it could to get the road open as soon as possible but because there were two water pipes located in the middle of the road, it was a tricky job to complete.

“Firstly, we’d like to say sorry – we know that Hylton Road is busy,” he said.

“We don’t close the road or carry out work unless it is absolutely essential. We’d like to ask the people of Worcester to bear with us, this work is helping to make sure that 2,000 homes’ taps remain on and motorists stay safe.

“We worked all night last night, digging through more than a metre of thick tarmac.

“Because two water pipes run in the same place, we had to dig deeper, to understand which pipe was affected. We’ve now done that, and over the next 24 hours we’ll be carrying out repairs to the damaged pipe. The burst happened on a joint so that means it’s a little more complex – but we hope to have it fixed tomorrow (Wednesday).

“Before we can relay and open the road again, we need to check that the ground beneath it is safe, we’ll then get it back to normal and open it for traffic. While we do that, we’ll have three way traffic lights in place and we expect – by the end of the week – it’ll be open as usual. We’d like to say thanks for people’s patience and understanding.”

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