06/12/2019 - Permalink

Closure on A4117 at Rocks Green following burst water main – an update

Related topics: Highways, transport and environmental maintenance / Partner organisations

Due to extensive damage caused by a burst water main the A4117 at Rocks Green will be closed until early afternoon on Saturday (7 December 2019) while Severn Trent carry out repair work to make the road safe to use. A diversion route is in place.

This was a major water mains burst of a 10 inch pipe which has caused over three-quarters of the carriageway and footway to be structurally undermined. The below photo shows the extent of the damage.

The damage to the A4117 at Rocks Green caused by a burst water main

The damage to the A4117 at Rocks Green caused by a burst water main

Unfortunately, due to the both the extent of damage and the depth (350mm) of reinstatement required, works need to start and complete in ‘one hit’.

The work couldn’t have been carried out overnight only, or just on Sundays, as it wouldn’t have been safe or feasible to re-open the road in-between phases of work.

All emergency services have been informed of the closure and Severn Trent are providing  gatemen at the site who will endeavour to maintain guided emergency access through the site when required and achievable.

Due to public safety concerns, traffic congestion and deteriorating road condition, Squirrel Lane has been closed to through traffic and a signed local diversion route provided. We advise traffic to use the appropriate signed diversion route.

For the period of the closure some bus services will be affected:

• The 292 local Bus Service which operates between Kidderminster & Ludlow, operated by R&B Travel which will be diverting via Caynham therefore omitting all stops between Clee Hill and Ludlow.
• The 722 Ludlow Town Service/Park & Ride will not serve the Rockgreen estate during the closure.
• The Ludlow School and college bus that serves Stottesdon & Burwarton (LU0143) will serve of all of its stops, but may experience delays as a result of the diversion. This has been communicated to both the school and college who are communicating this to parents.

Severn Trent have indicated that the work should, barring any unforeseen circumstances, be complete and the road re-opened by Saturday afternoon (7 December).

The site is being monitored today and tomorrow by a Shropshire Council streetworks inspector and any issues raised direct to Severn Trent on site.

Through continued liaison with Severn Trent and other stakeholders, all that can feasibly done to mitigate any of the issues brought about by this work will be done.

We thank people for their patience and understanding while this work is carried out.