Staff upset as water leak is left for four days
9:30am Friday 20th September 2013 in Latest News
A NORTH Swindon road was transformed into a small swimming pool yesterday after a leak was left to run for four days.
People attempting to walk in and out of work in Lynton Road, Cheney Manor, were met with a stream of water on Thursday due to a six-inch pipe bursting on Monday.
There are three businesses along the road and most had three centimetres of flood water outside.
Bob Garrett, who works at TLC, on Cheney Manor Industrial Estate, said: “It’s like a little swimming pool.
“Thames Water is always putting up our prices and then they go and waste water by not fixing the leak. Cars are just about getting through but won’t be able to if it carries on.”
Steve Drake, a manager at Speedy, in Lynton Road, said the water had been bubbling under the pavement since Monday.
“They came to fix it today and have made it worse,” he said. “We are used to it around here. Six months ago another pipe burst that was left for a couple of days.”
Kyle Amar, a worker at Tool Station, blamed the heavy HGVs using the road for the problem.
“The structure of the road can’t take the weight,” he said. “It’s been getting worse all week.”
Natasha Russell, a supervisor at Tool Station, said: “It’s ridiculous. It’s hard for customers to get through.”
Workers said this was the fourth flood in two years.
A spokesman for Thames Water said: “We are aware of a burst six-inch pipe in Lynton Road, Swindon.
“Engineers have been planning how best to fix the leak and will carry out repairs this evening. “We are sorry for the inconvenience.”
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