City bridge collapses hours after burst water main

Police at the site of the burst water main at the bridge over Marriotts Way on Sweetbriar Road. Pict

Police at the site of the burst water main at the bridge over Marriotts Way on Sweetbriar Road. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: DENISE BRADLEY/Archant2022

A Norwich bridge has partially collapsed sparking traffic chaos.

Parts of the pavement along Sweet Briar Road, which runs over the footpath in Marriot's Way, have fallen through.

The cause of the collapse is currently unconfirmed.

However, Sweet Briar Road was flooded earlier today, February 17, due to a burst water main on Marriott's Way with police and fire crews still on the scene.

The site of the burst water main at the bridge over Marriotts Way on Sweetbriar Road. Picture: DENIS

The site of the burst water main at the bridge over Marriotts Way on Sweetbriar Road. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: DENISE BRADLEY/Archant2022

Road closures are currently in place along Sweet Briar Road, Marl Pit Lane and Marriott’s Way.

Diversions are in place to redirect traffic away from the incident.

Around Norwich, homes were left without water as a result of the leak.

The site of the burst water main at the bridge over Marriotts Way on Sweetbriar Road. Picture: DENIS

The site of the burst water main at the bridge over Marriotts Way on Sweetbriar Road. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Anglian Water has now repaired the main and expects surface water on Sweet Briar Road to subside.

Engineers have identified a burst water main in Marriott's Way.

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The usually busy road was completed closed off by police amid fears for safety. It is not clear when the road might reopen. 

An Anglian Water spokesperson said: “We are aware that some customers in Norwich and the surrounding areas are experiencing issues with low pressure or no water at all. This is due to a burst water main on Marriott’s Way in Norwich.

"Our teams are working as hard as they can get things back to normal as quickly as possible. We’re also aware of some surface water flooding on Sweet Briar Road, which should subside once the repair has been carried out."

The area affected reaches from Brampton and Stratton Strawless in the north, to Cringleford and Keswick to the south.