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Regent Street suffers closure

CLOSED OFF: Part of Regent Street is shut due to a burst main

REGENT STREET is to be partly shut down and sealed off from the public thanks to a water main bursting.

The central London shopping street – one of the busiest in the capital – first closed last Saturday (March 2) lunchtime between Conduit Street and Piccadilly Circus. 15 shops were isolated by a cordon set up by firefighters tending to the ruptured pipe near Vigo Street.

Water company Thames Water said the road could only be resurfaced after the broken pipe had been replaced. It apologised for the disruption.

Some shops on the street were able to re-open later on the Saturday once pavements were cleared, according to a spokesman for New West End Company, which represents businesses in the area.

An estimated £1m of damage was caused in January 2012 when a part of neighbouring Oxford Street was flooded by a burst main.

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