Video: Burst water mains cause problems on roads near Hailsham

Two seperate burst water mains have caused major problems for motorists and residents today.

A burst nine-inch diameter pipe is currently causing disruptions on the A22 road in Hailsham at Arlington Eagles Roundabout.

A22 burst water main

A22 burst water main

South East Water hopes to have repaired the pipe by around 6:30pm today.

The water company was alerted to the burst in the verge of the A22, Polegate Road near Hailsham at 9:30 this morning (February 19).

One lane of the A22 has been closed, a contraflow system put in place and the speed limit reduced to 30mph to ensure the repair is carried out safely, while also enabling motorists to continue using the road, said a South East Water spokesman.

The burst affected supplies to around 15 properties.

A separate burst water pipe left residents in Hellingly and Horam without water.

Bottled water was made available to all affected customers.

The burst on a four-inch diameter water main happened at Coggers Cross at around 6:45 am this morning (February 19).

A technician and repair crew were immediately sent to the location and repairs were completed at around 2.45pm this afternoon.

The water company spokesman said: “It is not thought these two burst water mains were connected.

“South East Water apologises for any inconvenience these bursts caused to residents and motorists and would like to thank customers for their patience while repairs were carried out.”