WARNING: Crayford Road water repair work to last the rest of this week
11:02 18 October 2016
Motorists are advised to avoid the area
Thames Water have advised works to fix a burst water main will continue for the rest of this week.
The pipe in Crayford Road burst two weeks ago, on October 4, but the water provider has struggled to fix the problem.
The town centre was flooded last week when repair works went awry, leaving up to 5,000 homes without water.
Thames Water teams had been working to fix a 12-inch wide pipe, which runs inside a bridge above the railway line, when a second burst on a joining 18-inch pipe in the early hours of last Sunday morning caused water supply disruption and flooding to the area.
Senior operations manager at Thames Water, Danny Leamon said: “Our priority since the burst has been to get everything back to normal as quickly as possible.
“It was our pipe and is our responsibility to put right.
“This is a very complicated repair due to the depth and location of the pipe - surrounded by other large water pipes and a gas main.
“We’re also determined to keep out customers’ taps flowing during the work, and so must take each step very carefully to avoid further disruption.”
A diversion is still in place, but the retail park remains open.
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