The reasons water mains in Hull keep…

The reasons water mains in Hull keep bursting
2019-11-06 05:00:00
We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. Please see ourPrivacy Noticefor details of your data protection rightsCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailThere is something going on under the streets of Hull and it’s not good news. As residents and regular users of Spring Bank West have recently discovered, when a large water main bursts it creates considerable disruption. However, the current scenes on one of Hull’s busiest commuter routes are not an isolated event. For a seemingly increasing number of similar ruptures involving Yorkshire Water infrastructure have occurred in recent months. Almost exactly a year ago parts of the city centre were left under water when a main burst under the junction of Midland Street, Osborne Street and St Luke Street. It subsequently emerged the faulty main was 95 years old. Flooding caused by a burst water main in Osborne Street near the city centre (Image: HullLive) That revelation prompted city councillors  to raise concerns over the vulnerability of Hull’s ageing underground network of utility company assets. Speaking in a full council debate, deputy leader Councillor Daren Hale said the Osborne Street burst reflected badly on Yorkshire Water. He claimed the company only appeared to react when something went wrong rather than carrying our proactive maintenance and repairs. “When something is 95 years old I would suggest it’s probably well past its sell by date and it’s just not acceptable to wait until things go wrong with it,” he said. Within days, another burst main was causing in problems in Bankside. The burst caused extensive damage to the road running through the industrial neighbourhood and motorists were forced to use alternative routes for over a week. A smaller burst at the same time in Leads Road only added to Yorkshire Water’s repairs schedule. (Image: Peter Harbour) In December another main burst left homes in the Holderness Road area without water and closed Diadem Road to traffic. In April the familiar barriers and warning signs were out in force again after a mains burst shut a section of the Holwell Road dual carriageway, near the junction with Leads Road in east Hull, for several days. Two months later residents in Holderness Road once again suffered disruption following yet another burst main on their doorsteps. Last week’s Spring Bank West burst was quickly followed by two others. King Street in Cottingham and Pennine Way in Bransholme also witnessed ruptured pipes temporarily closing roads and footpaths. The age of some of the mains does appear to be a f


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