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Canterbury in traffic gridlock due to burst water main

Canterbury's road system is notorious for its traffic jams, but the hold-ups have today reached immense levels.

Whether it be on New Dover Road, in Wincheap, or Kingsmead, motorists were bumper-to-bumper across the city.

Arteries onto the ring-road get clogged up
Arteries onto the ring-road get clogged up

A burst water main was the source of the problem, with temporary traffic lights being set up in Military Road.

Engineers were on site trying to fix the leak and the lights were due to be removed at 3pm.

A permanent repair is set top be carried out overnight on Tuesday.

Temporary traffic lights have also been installed in Broad Oak Road at the junction with Vauxhall Road to enable UK Power Networks repairs.

South East Water’s distribution manager Mark Rice said: “We are working as quickly as possible to get a major road in Canterbury fully opened after repairs to a burst water main.

“Technicians were called to Military Road at 8pm on Saturday, 16 November where an underground pipe had ruptured.

“For the safety of the public and the team on site two way traffic lights were needed while the damaged main was repaired.

“The traffic lights are due to be removed today at 3pm after a temporary reinstatement of the carriageway. The permanent repair is due to be carried out overnight on Tuesday.

“We are sorry for the inconvenience this has caused motorists on what we know is a very busy road in Canterbury.

“We are working as fast as we can and doing as much work as possible outside of the main rush hours.

“Unfortunately burst pipes do happen on our extensive and complex underground network, which has to withstand high pressure every day.

“However, we are out and about 24 hours a day, seven days a week finding and fixing them and try to keep disruption to a minimum.”

KentOnline reported two months ago how traffic experts admitted the ring-road has reached breaking point and must be redesigned in order to avoid further gridlock.

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