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Pound Lane near Burley to close for up to a week to fix burst water main

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A BURST water main has forced the closure of a stretch of road near Burley used as a key diversion route during the A35 Holmsley bridge works.

Pound Lane, which runs between the village and Bransgore, has already been the scene of traffic chaos this week after a large hole appeared and damaged several vehicles on Tuesday night and early yesterday morning (Wednesday).

Now, the same stretch running over the bridge near the Burbush car park has been shut to allow Bournemouth Water engineers to carry out essential repairs.

Engineers making an emergency fix to the road on Wednesday
Engineers making an emergency fix to the road on Wednesday

The closure is expected to be in place for up to a week, with light vehicle traffic diverted via the B3347.

Historical Railways Estate, working on behalf of the Department for Transport, is also conducting an inspection today to assess whether the burst main has affected the bridge structure.

As reported in the A&T, two buses were among the vehicle casualties – sustaining damaged suspension – after the tarmac over the bridge dropped about 50cm overnight.

The extra volume of traffic diverted from Holmsley, including HGVs, was blamed by many local residents for the damage.

Burley councillor Richard Frampton spent yesterday morning at the scene in hi-vis gear attempting to warn motorists before Hampshire County Council workers closed the road for about 30 minutes to patch it with hot tarmac.

The diversion will be from the closure, north on Ringwood Road, to Crowe Hill, west to Christchurch Road (B3347), south to Burley Road, then east to the closure.

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