SOUTHERN Water has failed to complete the Staplers Road mains replacement works — which means further disruption in the autumn when engineers return to finish the job.

As reported this morning (Friday), the busy road will reopen later today following three months of disruption.

There has been a one-way system and diversions in place while Southern Water and Clancy Docwra engineers have worked to replace 500 metres of ageing water mains.

However, Southern Water admitted this afternoon it had not finished the work in time.

A spokesperson said: "Due to network issues we were unable to carry out the final connections and work needed to complete this scheme.

"We'll be working closely with Island Roads, and to avoid the busy summer season, we will look to re-plan this work from September.

"Work to reinstate the recently-laid road surface will be carried out in May over three nights with closures. This will be advertised at the time.

"We'd like to thank motorists and residents for their patience during this work, and we'll update customers on the final phase of work later in the year.

"The road closure and diversion at Staplers Road will be removed by 5pm today.

"We'll remain onsite to connect customers to the new water main, however this work will be in the footway and will not affect traffic."

Updated 3.50pm

Island Roads said: "We have just been advised by Southern Water they are just in the process of clearing away the barriers and will shortly be re-opening Staplers Road to two-way traffic."

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