Anglian Water has had to close one lane of the busy Hadleigh Road in Ipswich while repairs are planned and made to a collapsed sewer.

The company set up traffic lights at the junction of Hadleigh Road, Dickens Road and Dunlop Road in late July when they were first alerted to the problem. Temporary measures have been put in place to make sure the sewers keep working whilst the detailed repair work is carefully planned.  

Sewage is currently being diverted around the damaged section of sewer by pumping it through a pipe which runs along the road, and back into the drain beyond the blockage. Unfortunately, this does mean one lane is closed on Hadleigh Road and a short section of Dickens Road is closed to traffic, although there is a short diversion along Pickwick Road to avoid this.  

Antony Innes, from Anglian Water, said: “The location of the damaged pipe, in the embankment of the railway, means we have to carefully plan how best to carry out the complex repairs, while keeping impact on the busy railway line, roads and our customers to a minimum.  

“We’ve been in regular conversations with Network Rail and the highways authority to plan how we repair the sewer and believe we have now found the best way to do this as quickly and safely as possible.  

“Inevitably, these works will cause some disruption and we’re sorry for that, but it is important the sewer is repaired as soon as possible.  

“We currently expect everything to be back to normal and repairs complete by the end of September.”