[typography font=”Cardo” size=”24″ size_format=”px” color=”#0B0B61″]Y[/typography]orkshire Water has apologised for a failure in their service that caused an enormous traffic jam in the southern area of York a few weeks ago. The water supplier that works predominantly in the Yorkshire county said sorry for two burst water mains that affected the A19 from Selby into York and on the A64 approach towards the A19 junction at Fulwood. On the A64 approach, many vehicles were forced to queue on the inside lane of the eastbound dual carriageway.
Vehicles were caught in chaotic congestion near these roads that lasted up to two hours. There was also a small knock on effect that caused issues along Bishopthorpe Road where inbound traffic was forced to wait in line as far back as the former location of the Terry’s chocolate factory.
One motorist who was on his way to work, David Martin of Crockey Hill, said he was stuff in traffic for more than one and a half hours just to get from Selby to Crockey Hill.
A spokesperson for Yorkshire Water made an apology for the severe traffic delays caused by the pipe bursts on the A19. They said:
We would like to apologise to anyone who has been affected by the bursts in Fulford Road, York. Both bursts have now been repaired. Work to reinstate the road is now taking place and temporary traffic lights will assist traffic flow until the road is fully reopen.
Yorkshire Water urge customers who notice a leak to call the water supplier so that it can be fixed.
Yorkshire Water is a water supplier that services West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, the East Riding of Yorkshire and even some parts of North Lincolnshire. It had its origins in the Yorkshire Water Authority and became a privatised company in 1989.
At first, Yorkshire Water was not entirely successful. After the droughts of 1995 the company was regarded as the most hated water company in the United Kingdom. Similarly, the company had an extremely poor environmental record. In 2007 it was fined twice for allowing polluted matter to enter a beck in Brighouse which resulted in the death of nearly one third of its wildlife.
However, Yorkshire Water has managed to turn its form around over the last few years. It was named Utility Company Of The Year by Utility Week magazine for three years in a row. It also managed to improve or meet every leakage target.