Burst water main causes traffic jams and bus diversions in Chiswick

Image above: Bath Rd closed for work on burst water main

Burst water main in Bath Road

There have been traffic jams in The Avenue and Turnham Green Terrace over the past few days as drivers have arrived at Bedford Corner and realised Bath Road is closed because of a burst water main.

The road is only closed for a short stretch, but the 94 and 272 buses are diverted to use Chiswick High Rd rather than Bath Rd. Buses are not serving stops between Turnham Green Station and Flanchford Road, by the Duchess pub.

The diversions are in place till Wednesday (25 January), when the repairs are expected to be completed.

Image above: No workmen there on Friday

The burst water main flooded Bath Rd on Thursday morning. The road outside the Tabard pub was several inches deep in water.

London Fire Brigade and engineers from Thames water arrived to close the road at the junction with Turnham Green Terrace and shut off the gushing water. They put sacks as stepping stones across the road to enable pedestrians to cross.

Images above: Workmen created a footbridge for pedestrians; photographs Alan Weavis

On Friday the road was dry; the hole they had dug to acdess the water main was cordened off, but there was no sign of workmen, who had left a sign saying they would be back.

A spokesperson for Thames Water said:

“We apologise for the inconvenience”.

Thames Water admitted last summer they were losing nearly a quarter of all water they supply to leaks.

Images above: “Back soon”

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