Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 15°C

min temp: 7°C


Trimley: Three days of road closure after water main bursts

07:00 24 January 2013

The area where High Road, Trimley St Martin, has flooded due to a burst water main today.

The area where High Road, Trimley St Martin, has flooded due to a burst water main today.


DRIVERS face miles of diversions for at least three days while a short stretch of a busy village high street remains closed following a burst water main.


Repairs to the pipe were expected to be complete late last night, but excavations revealed large holes – possibly caused by the leakage from the main – beneath the road surface.

Although only around 100 yards of High Road, Trimley St Martin, is affected, motorists wanting to reach the St Martins Green estate and roads beyond will have to travel around seven miles until the road reopens.

The drama unfolded at 6.18am yesterday when the main burst, leaving High Road between the roundabout at Howlett Way and the St Martins Green junction with water about five inches deep across the carriageway and pavements.

While drivers faced difficulties, pedestrians could still get through by taking footpaths through the nearby estate.

Anglian Water said a handful of customers lost their water supplies, but no homes were damaged though one garden was flooded.

Officers had visited the homeowner and also the Sausage Shop – which was not flooded but may have suffered loss of business because of the road closure – to give advice on making compensation claims.

Anglian Water spokesman Antony Innes said customers’ water supplies were restored by about 11am.

“We anticipate that the road will be closed for three days while full repairs are carried out to ensure it is safe and there is no danger to road users,” he said.

“We apologise for the impact on both our customers in the local area and road users and we will be working to get the situation sorted as quickly as possible, but the most important thing is that the work is done properly and the road made safe for everyone to use.”

Related articles



Needham Road in Stowmarket where the crash took place

An 81-year-old cyclist who sustained serious injuries following a collision in Stowmarket last week has died.

Glen Chisholm with baby Clinton 18 years ago.

Eighteen years ago the Ipswich Hospital Neonatal Unit saved the life of premature baby Clinton Chisholm.

The new bridge over Bramford Road takes shape.

It is 30 years since the face of Ipswich was changed completely with the opening of the final section of the town’s southern bypass.

Ipswich Basketball Club prepare for the new season at Copleston Sports Centre.

Copleston Sports Centre and Ipswich Basketball Club plea for investors to make long-awaited dream a reality

Michael Scott, chief executive of Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust . Photo: Steve Adams

A lack of beds and increased demand led to a four-fold increase in the cost of sending people with mental health problems outside of Norfolk and Suffolk in 2014/15.

Poundworld opens in Ipswich

The fourth bargain-basement shop in Ipswich town centre opened this morning.

The area in Clarkson Street where two gangs fought on September 23

Four people were arrested in drug raids carried out at six premises in the Wilberforce Street and Clarkson Street areas of Ipswich yesterday.

The East Anglian Air Ambulance is in attendance.

A woman has suffered a “potentially life-changing” head injury during a crash in Beccles.

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court

Two drivers are paying the price after being caught travelling at more than 100mph on Suffolk’s roads.

A cyclist and a car collided on the St Augustine's roundabout in Ipswich.

A female cyclist has been taken to hospital after colliding with a car in Ipswich.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages