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Traffic nightmare in Derby city centre set to end tonight

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A Derby city centre road closed for more than two weeks following a major water leak is set to finally reopen today. Agard Street was covered in floodwater in the early hours of the morning of Wednesday, August 17. The closure has caused traffic havoc.

Severn Trent Water successfully repaired the burst pipe over a week ago now, but the water company then discovered more problems with the damaged road surface. Work was then further delayed earlier this week amid complexities during the reinstatement of the road, as significant traffic problems continued to affect drivers in the area, especially during rush-hour.

Long tailbacks were seen in Bridge Street and Nuns Street as traffic was rerouted to avoid the emergency work. Issues were also being reported on both Uttoxeter New Road and Duffield Road around the Five Lamps area, according to traffic information service Inrix.

Read more: Get the latest traffic and travel news from Derbyshire Live

But things are set to return to normal in time for the weekend, as the well-used route is set to reopen late this evening, Friday, September 2, after a new road surface is installed. In a statement released yesterday afternoon, Thursday, September 1, a Severn Trent spokesman said: “We appreciate the level of inconvenience caused by the temporary road closure of Agard Street in Derby, and we’d like to thank everyone for their continued patience.

“After discovering complexities during the reinstatement of the road, our teams are now making good progress. They are currently cutting away the tarmac that had been affected and will then relay the surface with a view to re-opening the road late tomorrow evening. Again, we apologise for any inconvenience caused by this road closure.”



A workman is pictured in Agard Street, in Derby city centre, earlier this week on Wednesday, August 31
A workman is pictured in Agard Street, in Derby city centre, earlier this week on Wednesday, August 31

Anna Silander, the owner of the Golden Eagle in Agard Street, confirmed it was business as usual for the much-loved pub despite the road closure. Fortunately, the venue was not affected, leaving Anna and her partner feeling “very lucky” that their cellar which holds their stock didn’t flood.

Speaking last week, the 39-year-old explained she is continuing to encounter issues regarding organising stock deliveries, but trade has not dropped significantly as most of her punters tend to walk to the pub.

Anna explained: “We will stay open. We have had a bit of a dip in sales, but there has also been the disruption from the demolition of the student flats next door to us.

“People don’t tend to drive to the pub, it is more the logistics of trying to organise deliveries. Taxis not being able to reach us is the one thing which has affected customers from coming in. It hasn’t made too much of a difference to us, we’re just taking it in our stride.”

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