Update: Work to repair major Portsmouth road after water main bursts

Engineers are working to repair a section of a major Portsmouth road which was closed this morning after a water main burst.

Thursday, 16th June 2016, 9:33 am
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 8:57 pm

London Road was shut in both directions between Kirby Road and Stubbington Avenue after the incident at 1am today.

The area was flooded and that there was mud and other debris on the road, which was substatially damaged.

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The water main that burst is one of the largest in Portsmouth and the incident caused loss of pressure and disruption to supplies in some homes.

At the scene, Ian Lynn of Portsmouth Water said that supplies had now been restored to properties but that the road was expected to stay shut for some time.

‘The road is structurally damaged and engineers are assessing the extent of that’ he said.

The company was working with Portsmouth City Council officials to determine the best way forward.

Today, as the road closure caused rush-hour hold-ups on other main roads in the city, shopkeepers were surveyed the damage.

As they began to sweep away mud and debris, they said that there were no structural problems with their properties.

Portsmouth Water said that supplies to homes should have be working as normal and asked anyone experiencing problems to contact the company.

Main picture by Hampshire Police via Twitter