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Credit: Southern Water twitter.

Credit: Southern Water twitter.

Heavy traffic delays following burst water main on Fairlee Road

Megan Baynes

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Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 19:26

UPDATED 9.27pm
DRIVERS can expect lengthy delays in and around Newport after a burst water main closed Fairlee Road earlier today.
One hundred homes were left without water.
Although the pipe was fixed an hour ago, and water is currently being restored to affected houses, the road will remain closed while Southern Water carry on out the reinstatement. 
Drivers are reporting delays of over an hour between Newport and Ryde, with some saying emergency vehicles are struggling to get through the gridlock.
Southern Vectis are also reporting delays of up to 25 minutes on routes one, five and nine, with buses taking almost two hours to do a round trip between Newport and Ryde. One bus was cancelled, due to the driver needing a legal break after being caught in the congestion.
Southern Water wrote online earlier this evening: "Having uncovered the hole in the pipe, we have found it to be bigger than we'd anticipated. 
"Traffic management, including temporary traffic lights, are in place.
"We apologise to all road users, as we understand it can be frustrating. However, we're asking drivers to please observe the road diversions which are in place to keep both drivers and our workers safe."
* Fairlee Road will reopen at 1am.

 


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