Portsmouth: Eastern Road partially shut after sewer bursts again

A sewer has burst causing a major route into a city to be partially shut.

One lane remains closed on the southbound carriageway of Eastern Road, between Anchorage Road and the roundabout, according to Portsmouth City Council.

The authority said Southern Water was clearing the water and that it was "not safe for drivers".

After being plagued with flooding issues, the road was recently closed as part of a £1m sewer repair project.

The sewer main had burst to the south of the section already repaired by Southern Water, the city council said.

Initially, the incident saw the entire southbound carriageway closed. One lane on the northbound side which was shut has also since reopened.

Commuters have been warned to allow extra time for travelling.

Traffic on roads in Portsmouth
Portsmouth sits on an island, with only three routes for traffic to go in and out of the city [BBC]

The road has faced recurring issues of flooding and leaks in recent months, prompting criticism across the city.

When the sewer burst for a third time in January, disgruntled drivers described the traffic build-up as an "absolute nightmare".

At the time, one commuter told the BBC: "It just seems to be one leak after another, they don't seem to be fixing it properly."

It was closed in March while Southern Water re-lined the 300-metre-long (328 yds) sewer.

Southern Water has been contacted for comment.

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