IDR Closure After Thames Water Sewer Collapse
A collapsed Thames Water sewer under Caversham Road means the northbound carriageway of the IDR will need to be closed from Friday (Sep 20th) evening and through the weekend and into Monday morning for emergency repairs to take place. We anticipate that the closure will be removed by mid-afternoon today (Monday) and before the evening peak
The collapsed sewer is on the northbound section of Caversham Road, near to Drews the Ironmongers. Thames Water has now informed the Council that they need the temporary closure of the northbound lanes on this stretch of the IDR in order to investigate the extent of the collapsed sewer and carry out the necessary repairs.
Thames Water’s repairs are due to commence after the evening peak on Friday 20th September. It means that northbound traffic will be diverted on to the Chatham Street roundabout and around the IDR/Ring Road in an anticlockwise direction from this point.
Caversham Road will remain open, for access only, between the Chatham Street roundabout and the fire station, but all traffic will need to leave the IDR at Chatham Street before rejoining. The southbound carriageway will remain open at all times.
The junction of Northfield Road and Caversham Road will also be closed. The ‘No Entry’ restriction at the junction with Northfield Road and Swansea Road will be temporarily suspended, to maintain access to/egress from Northfield Road, with traffic being managed by portable traffic signals.
Thames Water has informed the Council they will be working through the weekend with the aim of completing the work before the Monday morning rush hour, although this depends on the extent of the damage and time required to complete the necessary repairs.