Emergency fix for burst water main on Exeter road plagued by delays

Burst water main in Pinhoe Road, Exeter
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Workers have plugged a burst water water main that sent a torrent gushing down Pinhoe Road in Exeter. Motorists on the main route into the city encountered emergency repairs over the weekend.

South West Water has confirmed that supplies to customers in the area were cut off while the repair work took place. They were back to normal on Monday.

Photos show a deluge coming through the road surface and streaming down the street.

Burst water main in Pinhoe Road, Exeter
Burst water main in Pinhoe Road, Exeter -Credit:DevonLive

A spokesperson for the company said: "We had a burst over the weekend due to a pressure reducing valve. It did cause disruption to customer supplies."

She confirmed the issue was reported over the weekend. Locals said they say workmen at the location on Sunday afternoon. They remained at the scene, near the Pinhoe Hoard pub, until Monday.

Burst water main in Pinhoe Road, Exeter
Burst water main in Pinhoe Road, Exeter -Credit:DevonLive

One man said there was also a burst near the railway station bridge: He added: "Water came through the road surface at both locations to a serious degree."

The area has long been plagued by delays for drivers. Commuters regularly encounter long queues into the city and disruption caused by temporary traffic lights, new house building and construction of Lidl.

Drivers recently fumed about the impact roadworks near Sainsbury's. Shoppers were left stuck in the car park car for two hours recently. Extensive roadworks schemes for the area are expected to finish in July.