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Emergency sewer repairs cause traffic chaos in Newbury

Traffic lights in place and Thames Water says work could take 10 days to complete

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Emergency sewer repairs cause traffic chaos in Newbury

THE emergency sewer repair works which saw Newbury grind to a standstill last night could take up to 10 days to fix, Thames Water have confirmed. 

Temporary traffic lights were installed between Strawberry Hill and Old Bath Road last night and saw traffic chaos in the town.

Some motorists reported it taking them up to two hours to get from Northcroft Leisure Centre to Speen, while it took others half an hour just to exit the Parkway car park.

One person caught up in the bedlam was Yvonne Soulby, who said: "Yes it was horrid it took us 45 mins to get from Bartholomew Street to the clock tower. Complete grid lock."

Tracey Double added: "Just under two hours to get from Northcroft to Newbury racecourse."

Thames Water says the pipe is between three and four metres below the road and needs to be fixed urgently to prevent the sewage which flows through it seeping out and contaminating the surrounding environment.

A spokesperson for the company said: “We’re sorry for any hold-ups the temporary lights are causing.

"We started emergency work to repair a collapsed sewer on Thursday, which we discovered while clearing a blockage from the pipe, and expect the job to take a week to ten days.”

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  • newsouls

    18/11/2016 - 13:01

    Why are there traffic lights on oxford road when the hole is on strawberry hill. Surely the lights just need to control the flow of traffic up and down strawberry hill and not oxford road...

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  • newsouls

    18/11/2016 - 11:11

    All it needs is police or someone on the bridge stopping traffic from coming over the bridge from the south - as you cannot see over the bridge. To keep the north side flowing to stop the traffic from being blocking down at the clock tower. How come Japan can fill a massive sink hole in 3 days but it takes the UK up to 10 days to replace 3-4m of pipe.

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  • grumpy

    18/11/2016 - 11:11

    This is exasperated by the pedestrian crossing by the Chequers. Why does it take them so long to do anything ??

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    • Hugh_Jaas

      18/11/2016 - 13:01

      You're exasperated..! The situation is exacerbated by the pedestrian crossing.

      Reply

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