Severn Trent: Still no time frame for Selly Oak water main repair

Severn Trent Water still have no time frame for fixing the water main in Selly Oak which burst last year.

The pipe which is some 20ft below the surface of the road burst back in November 2016 causing thousands of gallons of water to cascade down Harborne Lane flooding homes at the bottom of the hill.

Despite working on the repair for 7 weeks Severn Trent is still no closer to actually fixing the pipe. Engineers have been working in other parts of Birmingham to minimise disruption when they eventually begin to carry out the repair.

A spokesperson for Severn Trent Water said: “We’ve nearly finished all of the work we need to do in the background to allow us to fix the pipe that burst on Harborne Lane. We absolutely understand the frustrations of those affected by the burst and the subsequent road diversion, and we know its been going on for a long time, but we want to reassure everyone that we are still working hard on this.”

“It may look like we’re not doing much on site to fix this pipe at the moment, but we are in fact doing lots of work in and around the city. We’ve had to come up with a way of fixing the pipe without affecting the water supply for the people of Birmingham. This means we need to be able to move water around our network of pipes in a way that will allow us to switch off the pipe without affecting the water pressure and without causing any discolouration.”

“To make sure we can do this, we’ve been out checking all of the valves etc that make up the network so that we’re sure we can do the repair with the absolute minimum disruption.  This work has taken some time but it should be complete by the end of next week, and we hope then to start work on the actual repair itself.”

“As soon as we have an exact timetable for the repair, we will let you know, but at the moment we are still hoping to start work in January.  We understand that this seems like a very long time after the pipe burst, but it’s really important that we take the time to make sure we do it right – the last thing we want to do is cut off water supplies or cause discoloured water while we work.”

In the mean time the bus services will remain diverted.

  • Service 11A Outer Circle – Will be diverted via Harborne Park road, Metchley Lane, Q.E Link Road, Mindelsohn, New Fosse Way, Aston Webb Boulevard onto Harborne Lane,
  • Service 48 from West Bromwich – Will be diverted via Q.E Hospital, New Fosse Way, Aston Webb Boulevard, Harborne Lane onto Gibbins Road to continue normal line of route.
  • Service 48 to West Bromwich – Will be diverted via Gibbins Road, Harborne Lane, Aston Webb Boulevard, New Fosse Way onto Q.E Hospital to continue normal line of route.
  • Service 76, 84, 98, X64 – Will continue normal line of route.