Brixton Hill: Road closed after water main bursts

18 September 2023

Written by: Lambeth Council

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A section of the A23 running north from Brixton Hill towards Brixton town centre is closed for emergency repairs by Thames Water this week following a burst water main on Saturday morning.

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Brixton Hill: Road closed after water main bursts

The water main had to be switched off for a period on Saturday before water supplies were restored to homes in the surrounding area by late on Saturday afternoon.

However the burst water main damaged the road surface, and the road will remain closed for the coming days as Thames Water contractors carry out needed repairs.

The emergency had a big impact on access for local residents so Lambeth Council suspended the Brixton Hill and Tulse Hill Low Traffic Neighbourhoods at 11am on Saturday morning in recognition of the situation.

The emergency suspensions will remain in place until Brixton Hill re-opens.

There are currently a series of diversion in place and Lambeth Council has been working alongside Transport for London to manage the impacts on local roads.

Southbound traffic is being diverted along Brixton Water Lane, Effra Road, Morval Road, Dulwich Road, Norwood Road and Christchurch Road. Northbound diversions are along Streatham Place, Atkins Road, Poynders Road, Kings Avenue and Acre Lane.

A Thames Water spokesperson said: “We are sorry to customers across Brixton and Streatham who experienced low water pressure or no water on Saturday 16 September due to a burst water main on Brixton Hill.

“Our engineers isolated the burst and full water supply was returned to customers by Saturday afternoon. Our teams will be carrying out repairs to our pipework over the next week during which time, part of Brixton Hill will remain closed.

“We apologise for any disruption caused and would like to assure our customers that we are carrying out the repair as quickly and safely as possible.”

To contact Thames Water’s customer service line phone 0800 316 9800.