Fishergate Hill road closures update as United Utilities continue to tackle burst water main

Posted on - 21st November, 2023 - 4:57pm | Author - | Posted in - Broadgate, Preston City Centre, Preston News, Roads, Schools, South Ribble News, Transport
Warning signs in Fishergate Hill due to the burst water main Pic: Blog Preston

Fishergate Hill is expected to remain closed for some time due to a burst water pipe, Lancashire County Council have said.


Repair to the pipe, that burst in the early hours of Tuesday morning, is still in progress, according to United Utilities.


Fishergate Hill is currently closed from Bow Lane to its junction with Liverpool Road, Strand Road, and Broadgate.

United Utilities has began carrying out repairs to the pipe, however the full extent of the damage to the road, and timeframe for repairs, is still being assessed.

United Utilities at work in Broadgate Pic: Blog Preston

County Councillor Rupert Swarbrick, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “We’re working closely with United Utilities and other partners to manage the situation following the pipe burst.

“Our priority is to get Fishergate Hill reopen as quickly as possible once the necessary repairs have been made.

People are being asked to respect the road closure as there is a risk of holes opening up due to the ground underneath the road having been washed away.

“In the meantime, I would ask people to avoid this area if they can, as there will clearly be an impact on traffic due to the closure of such a busy road.

“We are working with United Utilities to assess the damage and estimate a timeframe for repairs, and will update people as soon as we can.”

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Traffic is currently being diverted via Bow Lane, Marsh Lane (A59), Guild Way (A59), Golden Way (A582), Leyland Road (B5254), Golden Way (A582), Guild Way (A59), Marsh Lane (A59) and vice versa.

Police directing traffic during Tuesday morning’s road closures Pic: Blog Preston

A statement on United Utilities says: “The repair in your area is in progress, however it’s a little more complex than we first thought. Please be assured our team are doing all they can to safely complete the work and get your supply back to normal. 

“Once again, we’re sorry for any inconvenience this may be causing and thank you for your patience. As soon as the team have made further progress we’ll let you know here.”

The burst water main caused a number of schools across Penwortham and beyond to be closed during Tuesday.

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