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Temporary traffic lights set up after water main burst on Ware Street, Bearsted, stop working

Traffic has been building on a main road this morning after temporary lights installed as part of efforts to fix a burst water main stopped working.

Witnesses said the lights on Ware Street, Bearsted were stuck on red for around an hour this morning, as drivers tried to safely negotiate their way through, while heavy queues built up.

South East Water had apologised to people living in the Bearsted, Willington and Park Wood areas of Maidstone on Sunday, who had been without water since about 10am.

Bottled water was hand-delivered to those who were known to be affected and a station was set up at Bearsted Green where others could pick up resources if needed.

Supplies were returning to normal in the afternoon, however there was further disruption just hours later when the same 10-inch cast iron water main in Ware Street, Bearsted then burst again at 1.30am on Monday.

One pub landlord admitted he had lost nearly two days of trade after the disruption forced him to close.

Temporary lights were then put in place due to the damage caused by the water beneath the road surface but this morning's fault has caused disruption.

Drivers make their way through Ware Street, Bearsted after temporary traffic lights stopped working. Picture: Lewis Benson (13873043)
Drivers make their way through Ware Street, Bearsted after temporary traffic lights stopped working. Picture: Lewis Benson (13873043)

South East Water’s Distribution Manager Mark Rice said: “New temporary traffic lights are on the way to the site this morning after we were told about the fault with the current set.

“We are sorry for the disruption and inconvenience this has caused.

“The temporary traffic lights are needed to keep the public and workforce safe while we return the carriageway to its original condition.

“We are working as quickly as we can and will get the road fully reopened as soon as possible.”

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