Repairs carried out but icy corner may not be resolved

Finmere turning on the A422 near Westbury, Vauxhall Passat is the last car to be removed after four car collision.
Finmere turning on the A422 near Westbury, Vauxhall Passat is the last car to be removed after four car collision.

Despite work being carried out on water mains along the A422 between Brackley and Buckingham, the issue of a potentially dangerous water leak may not be resolved.

Last week the Advertiser reported on the leak at the turning for Finmere that was being splashed around by cars creating an icy stretch of road.

Tim Cooper from Brackley said he had complained to Anglian Water in October and at the beginning of this month his wife had seen a car in a ditch which had come off the road close to the leak. Although they will not comment on the cause, police have also confirmed four cars crashed yards from the leak on Monday. On Tuesday Anglian Water engineers arrived to carry work on the road near the water main, part of the £1million programme of work to replace the water main between Shalstone and Brackley.

A spokesman for Anglian Water said although the flow of water may have been stemmed, the leak may continue. He added: “We have been out and have repaired a leak in the water main about 400 yards from the point where water is known to collected. That repair was completed Wednesday.

“However we do not know whether or not the water from the mains leak was contributing to the water collecting at that spot, we suspect there is going to be a natural source for that water.”

Previous tests showed the water contained no chlorine and therefore could not be from the water mains.