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Headley road likely to remain closed over the weekend

Collapsed water main forces closure of Ashford Hill Road

Jane Meredith

Jane Meredith


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A HEADLEY road is likely to remained closed over the weekend, (Nov 5/6) after a collapsed water main forced the closure on Wednesday (Nov 2).

Southern Water have confirmed the burst and collapsed water main has forced a closure of a stretch of the Ashford Hill Road through the North Hampshire village of Headley.

The road, which is closed at the junction with the A339, is not likely to re-open until Monday at the earliest, due to ongoing repairs, Southern Water have today (Fri) confirmed.

Villagers have reported low water pressure in the area.

In a statement issued today (Fri), Southern Water spokeswoman, Clare Ramsaran said:

"The road is unlikely to re-open before Monday at the earliest, due to the size of the road repair and the time needed for it to set and be safe for traffic."

The Ashford Hill Road is closed between Tan House cottages, where the water mains collapsed in Headley, and the steel and metal works.

Access for residents is allowed. 

Drivers were advised to seek an alternative route.

The remaining stretch of Ashford Hill Road - which runs through the village of Ashford Hill - remains open, according to Southern Water.

Earlier this week, (Wed Nov 2) Southern Water released the following statement: 

"As part of the proactive leak detection work across our region, we received a high flow alarm – which alerts us to unusually high water flows - on the 4” mains pipe in Ashford Hill, Headley, in the early hours of Wednesday 2 November. Following our investigations, we isolated the main and discovered that the problem was far more complex than originally thought, as the location of the main (opposite Tan House Cottages) is very deep and the main had collapsed.

“Our team worked through the night to fix the issue and the pipe was finally repaired at 2am this morning. However, as this is a complex problem, a great deal of reinstatement is needed in order to fully complete the repair and make sure the road is safe for traffic to use.

“We apologise to everyone affected by our work and thank them for their patience. We are working hard to complete the road reinstatement as soon as possible. We will reopen the road as soon as it is safe to do so, although we expect it to be closed, with diversions in place, for at least another couple of days.”

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