High volume of traffic blamed for water leak

PUBLISHED: 20:19 14 May 2008 | UPDATED: 13:15 06 May 2010

The water leak in Catherine Street, St Albans.

The water leak in Catherine Street, St Albans.

THE high volume of traffic on a city-centre street has been blamed for causing a water leak. St Albans resident Richard Durrant noticed on Monday that the tarmac at the junction of Catherine Street and Church Street was cracked and water from a burst pipe

THE high volume of traffic on a city-centre street has been blamed for causing a water leak.

St Albans resident Richard Durrant noticed on Monday that the tarmac at the junction of Catherine Street and Church Street was cracked and water from a burst pipe was leaking through where the road had separated.

Mr Durrant, of Park Avenue believes that although the road has not been resurfaced for a long time, it is the sheer volume of traffic that has caused the road and the pipes to crack.

A Herts Highways spokesperson said St Albans had some of the most heavily congested roads in the county which led to the road surfaces deteriorating quickly.

She added: "Minor repair work was carried out to Catherine Street in 2005 and we try to carry out emergency repair works to damage that occurs between scheduled resurfacing."

A Three Valleys Water spokesperson said that they were aware of the leak and had been liaising with the highways authority to get it fixed. It is due to be done on Sunday.

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