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Loose Road closed heading to Maidstone due to burst water main

A main road remains closed due to a burst water main.

The A229 Loose Road in Maidstone was closed yesterday lunchtime on the southbound carriageway, heading to the town centre, near Park Way junction.

Traffic near Sheals Crescent. Picture: KCC Highways
Traffic near Sheals Crescent. Picture: KCC Highways

The closure will remain in place until South East Water have carried out repairs.

Drivers are being diverted along the A249 Wat Tyler Way, A20 Ashford Road, Willington Street, A274 Sutton Road and A229 Loose Road.

Vehicles that are over 15ft and 6ins should take the A249 Sittingbourne Road, A249 Bearsted Road and New Cut Road.

This is expected to impact the surrounding journeys.

Southborough primary school confirmed they had not been affected by the leak.

Martin Lavery, 68, a resident of Loose Road said: “When I came home yesterday early afternoon there was no water and I had no notification about it, which I would expect.

“I came in and went to make a cup of tea but I couldn’t. Luckily I went out to post a letter and there was some bottles of water in Plains Avenue so I got some of those.

“We should have been told what was going on.

“The water has come back on this morning, it was off at 11pm, so it must have come back on overnight

Martin Lavery, 68, of Loose Road, Maidstone (18932176)
Martin Lavery, 68, of Loose Road, Maidstone (18932176)

“When I left yesterday at about 8am there was water running down the road it was like a little stream. I had to seek refuge in a driveway while cars went passed to not get splashed, so I knew something wasn’t right”

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