Traffic disruption is expected in Yaverland throughout January as Southern Water confirms work to repair a leaking sewer pipe on Yaverland Road is due to continue for at least the next few weeks.

A problem with the sewage pipe in the area has resulted in tankers being drafted in to transport the waste by road to the sewage treatment plants.

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The situation is large scale with no fewer than 5 sewage disposal trucks on call 24 hours a day – 2 on the road near the flood site and a further 3 in the parking bay at Marshcombe Shute.

Diggers moved in over the Christmas period and are still there 2 weeks later with a large mud colored puddle appearing in the corner of the field.

To allow heavy machinery easy access to the flooded area, temporary two-way traffic lights were introduced on Yaverland Road, just outside the Parish Church of Saint John the Baptist.

Southern Water has now said the repairs could take several weeks, with disruption caused by the traffic lights continuing.

This isn’t the first problem with sewer pipes in East Wight. In early 2021, problems with a pipe at Appley resulted in a lengthy 15-month project and a repair bill of over £7million, while the delay in recent work on Queens Road in Ryde late last year was due to a problem with the concrete was poured into a sewer pipe.

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Yaverland repair is believed to be overnight but will require suitable weather and specialized resources.

A spokesman for Southern Water said:

“We have identified a leak in a sewage pipe in the Yaverland Road area. By using tankers to reduce the flow of wastewater, we minimize any impact on the environment.

“A full repair is planned to be carried out in the next few weeks. Tankers will be needed until this work is completed. We apologize for any inconvenience caused to local residents and are doing everything we can to resolve the issue as soon as possible.”

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