Reading sewer repairs will cause 'significant delays'

A partial road closure for emergency repairs to a collapsed sewer in Reading will cause "significant delays", says the borough council.

A section of the northbound carriageway of the inner distribution road (IDR) closed from 19:00 BST on Friday.

Thames Water said it hoped to complete the work by rush hour on Monday morning but said it depended on the extent of the damage.

Reading Borough Council said the "worst case" would see it reopen on Tuesday.

Steve Fawke, the manager of Broad Street Mall in Reading, said the closure would also affect retailers but added the work was something that "needed to be done".

Dip in road

Craig Rance said the collapsed sewer, on Caversham Road near Drews the Ironmongers, was still carrying waste but had caused a dip in the road.

He added the work needed to be carried out in order to make the road safe and said workmen would be working "pretty much 24 hours" in order to complete the work by Monday morning.

Simon Beasley, traffic control manager at Reading Borough Council, said the work would add to known traffic problem areas, such as King's Road.

Northbound traffic will be diverted on to the Chatham Street roundabout and then anticlockwise on the IDR.

The junction of Northfield Road and Caversham Road will also be closed.

The southbound carriageway will remain open at all times.

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