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Delay to reopening of Somers Town street where pipe burst

The work was due to finish on July 2

02 July, 2019 — By Samantha Booth

The scene in Churchway last month 

THE reopening of a busy road in Somers Town which was closed after a water main burst last month has been delayed.

Work on Eversholt Street was due to finish today (Tuesday) after the pipe split on June 8 near Euston station, but Thames Water now say this date has been pushed back to July 12. Part of the road remains closed. 

Last month, nearly 30 residents of a homeless hostel has to be evacuated and a mosque was flooded for the second time in 18 months.

Homes were damaged when the same pipe burst further up the road in October 2017, which saw Thames Water pay out £769,000 in compensation.

The Town Hall has said it was wants to ask serious questions of the private water company about why it happened again.

A spokeswoman for the company said after the latest burst there was nothing to suggest any other immediate work was needed on the rest of the pipe, but it is on a list of pipes where monitors are to be installed with the aim of providing better visibility of its condition and changes in pressure, which can be an early indicator of bursts.

A spokesman said this week: “We’re sorry to anyone affected by the closure of Eversholt Street following a burst pipe.

The complicated nature of the repair means it is taking longer to complete as we’re installing measures to reduce the chance of further bursts in the future.”

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