Cambridge: Delays To Water Pipe Repairs

29 May 2013, 14:32 | Updated: 29 May 2013, 14:48

Cambridge Water says repairs on a burst water main, close to the A14, will take longer than expected.

Engineers were called to the burst pipe at Washpit Brook at the Girton Interchange on Bank Holiday Monday, and have been trying to fix it since.

However, the company says repairs 'have been hampered due to the fact the water main has burst underneath a concrete culvert which channels a natural water course alongside the dual carriageway.'

The work has caused congestion on the Eastbound carriageway of the A14, where a lane has been closed where the road approaches Huntingdon Road into Cambridge.

Cambridge Water has pledged to complete the work 'as soon as possible', but has not given any indication how long it will take.

Cambridge Water's Customer Operations Manager, Simon Crow, said: "We are working in partnership with the Highways Agency, local authorities and other utilities. 

Our first priority has been to ensure all of our customers have a water supply. 

Three customers in Hale Farm Close were initially provided with bottled water until we could get a temporary water supply installed. 

Our second priority is to minimise disruption as far as possible to traffic along the A14. 

Repairing water main has been challenging for us, but we are working to get it resolved as quickly as possible. 

As soon as we have any updates we will notify customers via our website and the media. 

We would like to apologise for any disruption this emergency work has caused and thank people for their patience."