No Fines On Lendal Bridge This Afternoon
1:55pm 6th November 2013
(Updated 2:41pm 6th November 2013)
Lendal Bridge fines have been ditched, but only for today.
A burst water main has flooded part of York city centre, leading to traffic problems.
Under police direction traffic is being allowed to cross Lendal Bridge and Coppergate. Earlier today Piccadilly and Tower Street were closed, but North Yorkshire Police have confirmed that those roads re-opened at 12.15. Leadmill lane however remains closed, as there are reports that the road surface has been damaged.
City of York Council say that as a result of the problems no fines will be issued for traffic that crosses Lendal Bridge or Coppergate while the situation is on-going. They add that only applies to traffic that crossed the bridge from 12pm today onwards.
Yorkshire Water says that they first got reports of a drop in water pressure from customers in the area at 11.20 this morning.
Minster FM spoke to John Bond from Yorkshire Water. He said that a 15 inch water main has burst and that a team of specialists is onsite now investigation the issue. He added that they don't yet know what the problem is. He also said that the pipe is thought to be pumping out 200 litres of water a second.
Yorkshire Water say the burst pipe should be fixed by this afternoon, and they have apologised to both customers and drivers for any inconvenience caused.
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