Emergency works force closure of town’s high street

Stalham high street. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Stalham high street. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Part of Stalham's high street has been closed due to emergency works.

An Anglian Water spokesperson said the town's main shopping strip had to be closed due to a burst water pipe on Wednesday (January 24) evening, but they expected it to be re-opened on Friday evening after road repairs were made.

The spokesman said: 'Our teams last night completed a repair to a burst water main on the High Street in Stalham. Teams were quick on the scene and isolated the burst pipe, ensuring that supply to customers was uninterrupted.

'Due to the damage that was caused to the road surface, the road will remain closed whilst repairs are made. We anticipate this to be completed by tomorrow evening.

'We're sorry for an inconvenience this may cause and we'd like to thank local residents for their patience whilst we complete this vital repair work.'

Sanders Coaches said buses would be diverted during the closure.

Sanders said anyone wanting to take the X11 and 34 services could get on at the layby next to the Tesco.

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Service 6 to Great Yarmouth is unaffected, but if you're taking the 6 in the other direction (North Walsham), get on at the bus stop at Chapel Corner/Millside.

Stalham's town clerk Susan Wellerd said the impact of the closure seemed to be minimal.

She said: 'It's a necessary closure. We had a meeting in town this morning and nobody came in to complain. The only thing is that people have to take a bit more care because part of the High Street is now two-way, whereas normally it's one way.'

Clare Traynor, owner of High Street business Café Charlotte, said trade was steady.

She said: 'We're just as busy as ever. Some people will have to find other places to park, but a lot of people tend to park at Tesco anyway.'

A Norfolk County Council spokesman said: 'The emergency roadworks on the Stalham High Street have been set up for Anglian Water to repair a burst water main. A permit has been allocated for five days but it may not take that long.'

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