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Video/Gallery: Bus sinks into burst water main causing closure of flooded road in Holbrook which won’t fully reopen for days

17:14 10 June 2014

A section of Ipswich Road in Holbrook has collapsed after a water pipe burst

A section of Ipswich Road in Holbrook has collapsed after a water pipe burst


Ipswich Road in Holbrook is still closed and is not expected to fully reopen for days after a bus sunk into hole created by a burst water main.

The hole caused by a burst water main in Ipswich Road, HolbrookThe hole caused by a burst water main in Ipswich Road, Holbrook

At about 8.40am this morning, the rear wheel of the bus sank into the burst main. Anglia Water turned off the water supply in the area but a stretch of the road was flooded and a large sink hole was created.

The road is closed in both directions at The Compasses Pub and diversions are in place. The double-decker bus has now been recovered.

Antony Innes, from Anglian Water, said: “We are sorry for any disruption caused to residents in Holbrook following a burst water main this morning. The leaking water created a void beneath the road surface, causing a bus to become stuck.

“We’re working with the police and bus company to get the pipe and road surface safely repaired as quickly as possible.

A rear bus wheel was trapped in a hole in Holbrook after a water main burst.A rear bus wheel was trapped in a hole in Holbrook after a water main burst.

“Homes in the local area would have been temporarily affected with lower than usual pressure this morning before engineers were able to stop the leak. A small number of homes close to the damaged section of pipe will still be affected until repairs can be fully carried out.”

Anglian Water has issued a new statement giving an update on the situation in Ipswich Road. It said: “Engineers have been working to repair the water main during this afternoon and we expect the water supply for the local area to be back to normal by 7pm.

“We are meeting the council tomorrow morning to discuss how we’re going to safely repair the road. We hope to be able to reopen one lane on Wednesday and complete full resurfacing work over the next few days.”



  • yes anyone what's going on as the road is still closed and the Co-Op and main street is like a ghost town!! also where is the bus running? wanted to catch it this morning but no notice on bus shelter to explain what to do! So gave up!

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    Tuesday, June 17, 2014

  • well just drove up to the repaired sink hole and it's pouring out water!!!

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    ruth Knights

    Monday, June 16, 2014

  • well today the road is still closed. anyone know when it might be open again as it's causing us major problems??

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    ruth Knights

    Monday, June 16, 2014

  • @ruth Knights...what you should be asking is "how much have Anglian Water's shareholders dividends' gone up in the last ten years and by how much" ?, because every time they increase prices, they say we need more money for investment in the infrastructure ??

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    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

  • well no diversion in place and chaos with most cars turning back to Ipswich!! Also no work started at 12 when I passed by again!! how many more times are the water mains going to burst in holbrook???

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    ruth Knights

    Tuesday, June 10, 2014

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