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Repairs on London's North Circular after burst water main

Engineers have been working through the night to repair one of London busiest roads following a burst water main yesterday.

Thames Water engineers have now repaired the 610mm wide pipe which burst yesterday morning causing millions of litres of water to spill onto the carriageway forcing the closure of the A406 North Circular near Brent Cross. The road was closed for several hours.

“This has been a complex job due to a large gas pipe which runs next to the water pipe but we managed to get this done in the early hours of this morning,” said a Thames Water spokesman.

Engineers have also resurfaced two lanes of westbound carriageway where the water pipe burst. The eastbound carriageway is now fully open, with two lanes open on the westbound carriageway.

“The repaired pipe should be back in service by lunchtime today and then we will need to get the most damaged section of the road on the west-bound carriageway resurfaced,” added the spokesman. “This should be finished by Monday morning at the latest.”

Readers' comments (5)

  • I would doubt that there were many, if any, engineers working through the night. There were, without doubt, pipe fitters, machine drivers and operatives.

    How can we get the public to understand that holes are dug by operatives (labourers before PC) not engineers if our own institute does not appear to know the difference?

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  • Alan

    Shouldn't it be Instution?

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  • Robert

    I have to admit I did initially put "institution" but my dictionary said that it was a special needs hospital and that "instutute" was an organisation for a specific purpose (teaching etc). Mind you, may be institution is more apt since most people think engineers are mad!

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  • Alan, you need a new dictionary!: "An established organization or foundation, especially one dedicated to education, public service, or culture."
    I remember being taught that an 'institute' need serve only it's own members, whereas an 'institution' serves society more widely. It does grate when someone refers to the ICE as 'institute' as I was always under the impression that there was that fundamental difference in the definitions.

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  • Whatever any dictionary says, the professional body is the "Institution of Civil Engineers" -- see the website! Oh, and I agree with the original sentiment about the misuse of 'engineer'

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