UPDATE: Thames Water respond to North Bar Street leak concerns

North Bar Street, Banbury closure could last 3 weeks NNL-160816-110308001
North Bar Street, Banbury closure could last 3 weeks NNL-160816-110308001

Business owners on North Bar Street, Banbury are reassuring residents that they are open as normal following the street being closed for repairs.

Thames Water have reacted to the continued disruption that a ruptured mains line has caused on North Bar Street in Banbury.

Thames Water saud: ““We’re sorry for the disruption the road closure is causing. We’re working as hard as we can, which will include this weekend, to get our repairs done as quickly as possible.

“We’ve visited business to keep them updated on our progress and also placed signs around the area to let people know the traders are open as usual.”

Workmen from Thames Water were called to North Bar on Monday after reports of a burst water pipe. The leak has resulted in the closure between Horsefair by Banbury Cross and the junction with Southam Road and Castle Street near the Three Pigeon pub.

Repairs to the leak and then resurfacing of the road is expected to take up to a week during which time access to businesses along that stretch of road will remain possible.

However Tjobbe Andrews of Little Amsterdam said: “We haven’t heard from Thames Water directly and are having to approach the workers themselves.

“They’ve been really helpful but Thames Water has not. The latest is that the workers are saying the road could be closed for two, maybe even three weeks.”

Whately Hall Hotel report that they have had no water supply issues and their hotel and carpark remain open to guests as normal.

Businesses affected by the road closure have also taken to social media to inform the town that they remain open and operational.

For the restaurants and bars in the area a lot of trade comes via people driving by and pulling over, using the off-street car parks that line the road, and a lengthy closure could significantly harm this drive-by trade.

Little Amsterdam posted: “On behalf of all the businesses on North Bar Street, we need you to share this message and tell as many people as possible that we are OPEN AS USUAL!

“This has stopped any traffic coming past our building, and will seriously affect us and the other businesses on the street and we need your help Banbury.”

The cafe report that trade has dropped by 80 percent .

The water leak and subsequent road closure has also had a knock-on effect on town centre parking as both the Cherwell District Council (CDC)-run North Bar East short-stay and North Bar West long-stay car parks had been closed.

The short-stay car park has now been reopened and the long stay car park is partially open, allowing better access to the businesses in that area .

CDC advise season ticket holders to find alternative parking during the closure. The nearest short-stay car park is at Horsefair while the closest long stay provision is on South Bar or at Compton Road.

Cherwell District Council apologised for any inconvenience caused by the unplanned closure. Anyone with any questions about car parking should contact the council on 01295 227008. A map showing the location of all car parks can be found at www.cherwell.gov.uk.

For updates on the Thames Water situation call 0800 3169800 or visit www.thameswater.co.uk.