Burst main brings road dis­rup­tion

Western Daily Press (Saturday) - - News -

A BURST wa­ter main brought dis­rup­tion to a busy round­about in Bris­tol city cen­tre yes­ter­day.

Pedes­tri­ans stepped out in their wellies and ve­hi­cles were seen swerv­ing around the leak as Bris­tol Wa­ter em­ploy­ees worked to fix it.

The leak oc­curred on Cas­tle Street, on the ap­proach to the Old Mar­ket round­about.

A spokesper­son for Bris­tol Wa­ter con­firmed that work­men went to the site and tried to re­pair the prob­lem ‘live’ – that is, with­out switch­ing off the mains sup­ply.

No nearby prop­er­ties – no­tably the city cen­tre Bris­tol Mar­riott Ho­tel, which is sit­u­ated on the same cor­ner – ex­pe­ri­enced a loss of wa­ter.

A spokesper­son for Bris­tol Wa­ter said: “There is no clear rea­son as to why the pipe burst – they can oc­cur for any num­ber of nat­u­ral rea­sons that ul­ti­mately cre­ate a shift in or build-up of pres­sure in the sys­tem.”

The in­ci­dent oc­curred on the foot­path, rather than the road it­self, so no of­fi­cial road re­stric­tions were set up.

Wa­ter floods a busy road, but work­ers were soon on the scene to fix the leak, be­low right

JON KENT

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