A burst water main in the vicinity of the Fendon Road roundabout is likely to result in emergency road closures from this lunchtime. These will probably last for several days and could even result in all four junctions being shut to motor traffic.
The roundabout is located at the intersection of Fendon Road, Mowbray Road and Queen Edith's Way, and is the one which was rebuilt recently in 'Dutch style'.
At 12 noon, there was only surface water to be seen, but water from below is already breaking up the road surface in several places. Cambridgeshire County Council staff are on the scene, with representatives from Cambridge Water about to arrive. Locating the breach in the water main will require extensive digging and subsequent repair, which could take several days.
The water main is likely to have been broken by ground shifting in the extreme heat. One expert on the scene told us that locating the breach is only one issue; another is that replacement pipework is in high demand elsewhere. In addition, Cambridge Water is stretched in its ability to cope with repairs, as there are many other incidents, some of which will have to be prioritised if they are resulting in customers being cut off.
It is likely that the roundabout will remain open to cyclists and pedestrians.
Please be patient, and forward this message to anyone you know who lives in or travels through the Queen Edith's area.