Search

Work to replace Victorian water pipes closes Hampstead’s Flask Walk for 12 weeks

16:47 13 January 2014

Cllr Chris Knight called for Victorian water mains to be replaced last October, after a water leak led to a gaping chasm opening under Flask Walk

Cllr Chris Knight called for Victorian water mains to be replaced last October, after a water leak led to a gaping chasm opening under Flask Walk

Archant

Work has begun to replace ageing water mains in a Hampstead street after a major water leak left a gaping void under tarmac last October.

Thames Water said the void under the road was likely caused by leaking water moving earthThames Water said the void under the road was likely caused by leaking water moving earth

Thames Water today began a 12-week programme of work to replace pipes in Flask Walk, during which time the road will be closed to traffic.

Flask Walk was urgently closed last October when engineers investigating a burst pipe discovered a gaping chasm under the road.

Thames Water said it was likely the gap was caused by the leaking four-inch pipe shifting earth.

The incident led to calls for the area’s ageing Victorian pipes to be replaced after a spate of leaks.

Work was not scheduled to take place until 2019, but Thames Water contractors will now remove the old cast iron water mains, which are prone to leaks, and replace them with more durable plastic pipes.

The road closure will also include the suspension of some parking areas in Flask Walk and residents have been contacted with details of alternative arrangements.

Work will also take place in Back Lane and Gardnor Road, but they will not be closed to traffic.

Mark Taylor, Thames Water’s head of programme delivery, said: “We appreciate just how much disruption was caused when the water main burst in Flask Walk back in October last year, so this replacement work will hopefully combat further problems in the future.”

0 comments

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 16:33
The teenager was found collapsed near one of the ponds on Hampstead Heath. Picture: Polly Hancock

A pair of Camden police officers have been praised as “life-savers” after a desperate midnight hunt for a teenage girl who had taken an overdose of pills on Hampstead Heath.

Yesterday, 15:44
Staff who treated 7/7 victims at the Royal Free attend the memorial event at St Paul's Cathedral today. (L-R) Oliver Greengrass, Ashley Baruah, Dr Andres Izquierdo-Martin, Nick Vincent, James Mealey, Sarah Edwards, Melissa Brackley.

In the hours following London’s July 7 2005 bombings, the Royal Free was one of the hospitals to receive those injured in the attacks.

Yesterday, 13:40
The motorbike destroyed the bus stop outside Chalk Farm tube station. Picture: @andi_falNZ

A man has escaped with minor injuries after his motorbike smashed into a busy bus stop outside Chalk Farm tube station.

Yesterday, 12:41
Figures show more parents are being fined for taking their children out of school during term time, have you been affected?

Parents who take their children out of school for holidays during term time can be fined £60 - and those who don’t pay may find themselves in court.

Most read news

Property Newsletter Sign-up

Get the latest North London property news and features straight to your inbox with our monthly newsletter

I am also happy to receive other emails...
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot

Competitions

Good times with Greenall's!

Good times with Greenall’s, a Great British gin sponsors Great British racing.

Escape to the picturesque sights of Cornwall

Summer is finally here, and what is the number one holiday location in the UK during the warmer months? Cornwall, of course!

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Hampstead & Highgate Express e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder