Transport for London is warning road users that the A5 Edgware Road will be closed to all northbound traffic between Marble Arch and Burwood Place from 20.00 today (Friday 12 November) to allow Thames Water to repair a burst water main.
The emergency work will require northbound traffic to be diverted from Bayswater Road to Lancaster Terrace and onto Sussex Gardens before returning to Edgware Road. TfL say southbound traffic will not be affected.
Thames Water has agreed with TfL “to work 24 hours a day to complete the works” pausing only between 11.00 and 12.00am on Sunday to mark Remembrance Sunday. A statement issued by TfL says Thames will make “every effort” to complete the work before Monday morning’s rush hour.
Garrett Emmerson, Chief Operating Officer, London Streets, said his team “have worked very closely with Thames Water to coordinate these emergency works and will continue to press them to complete their repairs as quickly as possible to ensure that disruption is kept to minimum.”
Jerry White, Head of Operational Control at Thames Water, said the work “is a top priority for us and leaks like this need to be repaired as soon as possible.
“With a colder-than-average winter predicted, it is vital that we step up our leakage-reduction work ahead of the chill to ensure we can stay on top of things. We’re sorry for the disruption this will cause but ask motorists to bear with us while we carry out this essential work.”
To avoid future disruption t/l has asked BT to bring forward planned cabling works on the carriageway so that the work can take place at the same time as Thame Water workers tackle the burst pipe.
TfL say bus routes 6, 7, 16, 23, 36, 98, 159, 414, 436, N7, N16, N98 will all be affected by the diversion.