Regent Street shut to traffic for the rest of the week

11:43 04 March 2013

The incident initially caused the area to be flooded. Picture: MaloukaBey/Twitter

The incident initially caused the area to be flooded. Picture: MaloukaBey/Twitter

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Regent Street is likely to be closed to motorists until at least the end of the week to fix the damage caused by a burst water main.

The area, one of London’s busiest shopping districts, was swifty shut in both directions between Piccadilly Circus and Conduit Street after the area was flooded.

Thames Water engineers estimate it could take up to 10 days to fully repair the damaged 20-inch Victorian pipe.

But Westminster City Council said it aimed to partially reopen Regent Street to traffic in one direction “as soon as possible”.

Martin Low, commissioner of transportation, said: “With thousands of vehicles using Regent Street every day, we need to make sure that the road is strong enough to take the weight of cars, trucks and buses, and that the public are not put at any risk.

“We continue to work with Thames Water to accelerate the repair work and have it reopened to traffic as quickly as possible to minimise disruption to residents, visitors and businesses.”

Further details have been released about the Saturday’s incident.

Water burst through a six-foot long slit in the main water main under Regent Street. It is then thought to have caused another water main to burst in Glasshouse Street.

As the water ran from the burst pipe to the surface of the carriageway, it carried soil and other ground-material up to the road surface, potentially creating a hole beneath Regent Street, making it unsafe for vehicles.

Repair work has also unearthed a gas main, a seven inches water main and another unidentified pipe, crossing over the damaged pipe.

Thames Water has agreed to place special equipment inside its trunk water mains in Regent Street to check their conditions as a new policy.

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