Burst Main – London Road, North End

London Road, North End, will stay closed today while Portsmouth Water contractors repair damage caused by a burst water main.

The road is expected to open at 6am tomorrow morning (Friday) using one lane controlled by traffic lights.
London Road is closed between Kirby Road and Stubbington Avenue and drivers are being asked to avoid the area if possible. If they can’t, they are being asked to follow local diversions. All buses using London Road will be diverted along Stamshaw Road until London Road is open again.

It may not be possible to fully reopen the road for about another four days. Access is being maintained for nearby residents.
Portsmouth Water’s Distribution Engineer Paul Treagust said “at approx. 12.30am this morning the large 18” main burst between Montague Road and Stubbington Avenue. Our staff were on the scene straightaway and thanks to their efforts and hard work the disruption in terms of water supply to customers was minimal. Supplies have now been fully restored to the area. There has been no risk to water quality as a result of the incident”.

As a result of the burst main, severe damage was done to the road itself causing it to be structurally unsound, which has resulted in the need for a section of London Road to be closed. We have engineers on site repairing the damage.

We apologise for any inconvenience this has caused and wish to thank our customers for their patience and understanding.
We are working closely with Portsmouth City Council and their highways contractor Colas to minimise traffic disruption.”
Further updates will be shown on our twitter @PortsmouthWater feed during the day