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Bexley Village bridge re-opening delayed for a second time as flood-risk discovered

PUBLISHED: 10:36 25 April 2016 | UPDATED: 11:09 25 April 2016

Bexley High Street road closure.

Bexley High Street road closure.

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The bridge has been closed to traffic for most of this year

The water main in Bexley village could have flooded the entire villageThe water main in Bexley village could have flooded the entire village

A rusted water main at the Bexley Village bridge site could have potentially flooded the entire village.

According to the council, the discovery was made as works continue on the bridge, which has been closed to motorists since February.

The bridge was supposed to reopen to southbound traffic at the end of March, but had been delayed until the end of April.

Following the discovery, it has been delayed again until later in May.

The water main, which is not a part of the planned works, was discovered when the old bridge was demolished.

According the council, the main could have ruptured at any time.

A spokesperson said: “Of course we are disappointed at this delay to the re-opening of the bridge to southbound traffic and mindful of the impact on local businesses. However the consequences of Thames Water not carrying out this maintenance would be severe for the village.”

Despite works, local businesses have remained open, but one local business owner has described the village as a “ghost town” as work to replace to the bridge continues.

The spokesperson continued: “We apologise for any inconvenience that this work by Thames Water causes and can reassure businesses and residents that overall good progress is being made and that the bridge works are on track to finish one month ahead of schedule at the end of June.”

The road is set to reopen to southbound traffic on May 10.

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