UPDATE: Burst water main on Brixton Hill

Following a burst water main on Brixton Hill early this morning, thousands of homes across South London have been without water or have had difficulties with low water pressure.

Traffic is being severely affected, with Brixton Hill closed northbound at Streatham Place and southbound at Acre Lane and diversions are in place. Bus services between Brixton and Streatham Hill are also being diverted accordingly.

Thames Water are working to repair the burst main – for the latest updates on the situation visit Thames Water Live and type in your post code.

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Thames Water expects that Brixton Hill will open to northbound traffic this evening but that repairs on the southbound lane could continue until Saturday afternoon. Because the burst main also resulted in damage to a gas pipeline, the start of repairs on the water main were delayed until 4pm.

Below is a statement which we have received from Thames Water:

“We are redirecting water supplies through a separate water main and the majority of customers affected should see their supplies restored shortly, with water pressure building gradually.

“Unfortunately, restoring supplies to the SW2 area will take longer as we need to bring water in from a different area. The gas main nearby has been damaged but this is currently being repaired by gas company engineers.

“Customers who have been affected by the burst main have been provided with bottled water (approximately 50 households) and the nearby tall buildings have been supplied with water by a tanker.

“The Thames Water event vehicle is in place near to where the water main burst at the junction of Elm Park and this will remain in place to assist residents with any queries they might have.”