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Southern Water ‘working to repair’ burst water main in Crawley

Part of the A264 is to be closed while repairs take place.

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A spokesperson for Southern Water has today said they are ‘working to repair’ a 16 inch water main after it burst last night in Broadfield.

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service were called to attend the flooded roads where witnesses say cars had to be pulled out of the water.

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A spokesperson for Southern Water said:

“We are working to repair a 16 inch water main in the RH119 area of Crawley, which burst last night (Tuesday 4 September). The burst was quickly isolated and our crews worked late into the night to rezone supplies, with all customers back on by around 11:30pm.

“Repairs will continue today but, due to the location of the main, we will need to close one lane of the A264 towards Horsham in order to allow our crews to work as quickly and safely as possible.

“We’d like to thank all affected customers and road users for their understanding and patience while we carry out this vital repair work and apologise for the inconvenience caused.”

The water main is taking longer to repair due to its location on a main road and the fact that trees have to be removed in order to access the pipe and make the repair.

 

Southern Water advised customers with homes internally affected by the floods to contact their insurer immediately.

A customer service team from Southern Water is on site today to assist with any customer concerns.

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Gatwick Airport staff who assist passengers suspend strike

Two planned 48 hour stoppages involving Gatwick airport workers which were set to start tomorrow (Tuesday 20 November) and Monday 26 November have been suspended while workers vote on a revised pay offer, the Unite union announced today (Monday 19 November).

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The workers, employed by the logistics giant Wilson James, provide assistance to passengers with disabilities and those who need help getting around Gatwick airport.

The dispute centres on a demand for a £1 an hour pay rise. Those assisting disabled passengers are paid just £8.27 per hour.

Workers will now vote on whether to accept or reject a revised offer with voting closing on Monday 10 December. A third planned 48-hour stoppage on 21/23 December is set to go ahead should members reject the offer and the pay dispute remains unresolved.

Commenting Unite regional officer Jamie Major said:

“The two 48 hour stoppages in November have been suspended while members vote on whether to accept or reject a new pay offer from Wilson James.

“The last thing our members want is to cause inconvenience and distress to those passengers who rely on their services during their time at Gatwick.

“However, should they reject the new pay offer and no resolution to the dispute is found, then the possibility of a 48 hour strike in December remains live.”

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