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Burst water main closes another Cold Ash road

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John Herring

John Herring


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Burst water main leads to road closure

A burst water main in Cold Ash has led to a road closure this morning (Thursday).

Hermitage Road has been closed to allow Thames Water engineers are carry out repairs safely.

A spokeswoman for Thames Water, Becky Trotman, said: “We’re sorry for any delays while Hermitage Road is closed.

"To keep disruption to water supplies to a minimum, particularly to nearby schools, we’ll be repairing the burst pipe overnight tonight when the schools are closed and demand for water is significantly lower than during the day.

"We hope to have the road reopen tomorrow.”

The company apologised to people in the RG18 area who may be experiencing low or no water pressure. 

Tankers have been sent to the area and bottled water can be collected from Waller Drive at the Junction of Stoney Lane.

The burst main follows one in Cold Ash Hill last week, which led to two separate closures of the stretch of road.


West Berkshire Council has said that school buses serving The Downs and Trinity are unable to stop on Hermitage Road and Cold Ash Hill this afternoon.

The council said that pupils affected by the closure can get off in Curridge at the top of Red Shute Hill, or in Thatcham at the bottom of Cold Ash Hill.


Thames Water says that the road will remain closed until the repairs have been carried out. 

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  • hgv1driver


    21/09/2017 - 22:10

    I hope when they relay the tarmac they have a level, the roads in West Berkshire are an absolute disgrace where contractors are digging up the roads


  • NWN Reader also

    21/09/2017 - 19:07

    Fishers Lane is a single track lane and cannot cope at rush hour with the volume of traffic that is being diverted down there. What was once one of our pretty country lanes is being ruined.


  • Ihavenonickname

    21/09/2017 - 16:04

    Thames Water are a DISGRACE with antiquated infrastructure throughout the county and no real plan to replace it! All old cast iron mains MUST be replaced with urgency to prevent this chaos!


    • NWN Reader also

      21/09/2017 - 19:07

      Using Fishers Lane as a diversion is ridiculous