A road closure notice has been published seeking the closure of Upper Tulse Hill at the Brixton Hill end on several days over the next eighteen months to allow investigatory water works.
It is currently anticipated that the works would be carried out in phases on 5th August 2017, 3rd February 2018, 4th August 2018 and 2nd February 2019 but if the works cannot be carried out or completed on these dates, then the Order may have effect at other times within the maximum period of 18 months.
A burst water pipe this morning at 04.50am has caused major disruption and could potentially mean that Brixton Hill is closed until after the weekend. This has now been found to be a 12-inch pipe rather than an 18-inch water main, but the volume of water this morning saw Brixton Hill become a torrent and streams of people walking from Streatham to Brixton as buses were caught up in the jam.
Below is an update on the event and the action that Thames Water is taking:
- Thames Water have excavated the damaged pipe and are preparing to cut out the broken section. They have said that they will be working on replacing this as quickly as they can.
- No buildings appear to have been flooded and damage beyond the immediate road surface is currently minimal.
- They do not expect water supplies in the area to be affected by the burst but are keeping bottled water supplies and tankers on standby in the area as a contingency.
- Brixton Hill is currently closed and diversions are in place, but Thames Water will discuss plans to re-open the road with Transport for London (TfL).
Councillors have stressed that permanent traffic diversions cannot lead to further burden to existing rat runs such as Dumbarton and Lyham Road. We have also made clear that Thames Water need to do more to reduce the number and impact of burst pipes in Streatham and Brixton Hill. Today there have also burst pipes in Leigham Vale and St Julian’s Farm Road. This level of disruption is unacceptable and Thames Water need to address this urgently.
If residents have any queries please call Thames Water on 0800 3169800, quoting your address. Lines are open 24 hours a day. They are also available via Facebook or Twitter.
A road order for a temporary road closure of Upper Tulse Hill has been published today. In order to allow works to be carried out to repair a water main, vehicles will not be able to use a 30-metre stretch of Upper Tulse Hill from the Brixton Hill end from 24th February.
The works are expected to take just three days although the Order allows for up to one month to allow for contingencies.
Last Friday, Councillor Martin Tiedemann was one of several local residents to report a major leak on Lambert Road at the corner with Bonham Road. Thames Water responded to say it was aware of the leak and it would be attended shortly.
By Saturday, there appeared to have been no action and large holes had appeared in the road surface. Lambert Road is on the London Cycle Network and heavily used by cyclists, so water-filled potholes are especially dangerous. Water was streaming down both Lambert and Bonham Roads and even down along Brixton Hill. Cllr Tiedemann continued to press Thames Water to take action, to keep residents informed and to screen off the dangerous road surface. He contacted Lambeth Council’s out-of-hours team and the emergency services as well. Continue reading