Queues in Peterborough city centre - although most avoid works to fix burst main

Motorists have avoided Peterborough city centre today as disruption continues following the burst water main which flooded Bourges Boulevard yesterday.

Tuesday, 4th February 2020, 12:16 pm

The carriageway of the main road through the city centre remains closed on the Park Inn side and while some drivers took the diversion through Priestgate and Wentworth Street, many chose to avoid the area completely.

The opposite carriageway, by Asda, is now open and for most of the stretch it is back to being a dual carriageway - although the junction with the Queensgate roundabout is down to one lane.

Bus services heading out of town from the Queensgate Bus Station are being diverted. A spokesman for Stagecoach said: “All services using Rivergate OUTBOUND are still on diversion (Westgate, Midgate, New Rd & St Johns St). All services inbound to Queensgate etc are on normal route.”

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Cars taking the diversion today

Today a spokesman for Anglian Water outlined the work that was taking place - and why the road flooded in the way that it did.

The spokesman said: “The pipe is a 16 inch main, this is a large water main supplying Peterborough. When they do burst it looks a considerable amount as the water in the mains is pressurised so when it comes out it looks significant.

“Our engineers will be working through the night to repair the pipe and have cut out at 4 metre piece to replace.

“Once the repair has taken place the teams will start on the reinstatement of the road which due to the damage caused will take until approximately the beginning of next week.”

The road works continue
Cars taking the diversion today
Cars taking the diversion today