Clarence Street roadworks - 8 March

I know many of you will have been affected by the emergency Thames Water works on Clarence Street this morning (8 March) following a leak overnight.

"Unfortunately we can't foresee these kinds of emergency works but we do work closely with utilities companies to ensure that that any repairs are carried out as quickly as possible when they do happen.

"The roadworks on nearby St Mark’s Hill, also emergency works, and Penrhyn Road, as well as the closure of Maple Road, meant traffic built up quickly during and after the morning rush hour and motorists experienced considerable delays as a consequence. I regret the inconvenience that this combination of events caused.

"Our highways staff were on hand to make sure repairs were carried out quickly and safely, once the water leak had been fixed, and to help clear the build-up as soon as possible. Clarence Street was reopened at midday. 

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Councillor Hilary Gander, portfolio holder for Environment and Sustainable Transport