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Fishergate Hill still closed as United Utilities repairs continue

Posted on - 25th November, 2023 - 3:10pm | Author - | Posted in - Broadgate, Penwortham, Preston City Centre, Preston News, Roads, South Ribble News, Transport
The road closure in Fishergate Hill Pic: Blog Preston

A major road in and out of Preston is to remain closed throughout the weekend with no timeframe yet for reopening.

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United Utilities are continuing to repair the burst water main which caused havoc on Tuesday morning in the city.

Fishergate Hill is shut between Broadgate and South Meadow Lane in both directions.

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Lancashire County Council say no timeframe has yet been given for when the road is due to be reopened.

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Motorists have been asked to respect the road closure due to ‘a risk of holes opening up due to the ground underneath the road having been washed away’.

Engineers are continuing their work to dig down and repair the 18-inch pipe which burst.

Pedestrian access is also restricted due to the repair work Pic: Blog Preston

Water Services Director for United Utilities, Grant Batty, said: “We are continuing to liaise with the local authority while repair work continues on Fishergate Hill, and we will do our best to get the road back open as quickly as possible.”

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Lancashire County Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport county councillor Rupert Swarbrick said: “Our priority is to get Fishergate Hill reopen as quickly as possible once the necessary repairs have been made.

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“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.”

Businesses in the area remain open, with many taking to social media such as The Continental pub in South Meadow Lane, to say that Broadgate and South Meadow Lane remain open to traffic so the pub is accessible.

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