UPDATE: A16 near Pilgrim Hospital closed as burst water main leaves hole in road

Works are underway to fix the burst water mains on Sibsey Road, Boston
Works are underway to fix the burst water mains on Sibsey Road, Boston

The busy A16 near to Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital is closed today after a burst water main left a hole in the road.

A stretch of Sibsey Road is expected to be closed all day as Anglian Water attempts to fix the water pipe - with motorists urged to avoid the area.



The area affected is between Castle Road and the exit to Pilgrim - with the hospital only accessible via the A16 from Boston or the A52.

A spokesman for Anglian Water said: “Due to the amount of water flowing out the pipe there is now a large hole and the road is unstable.

“It is likely to be closed all day today and possibly into tomorrow.”

“We are working as fast as we can to get it fixed.”

The burst mains has left the nurses accommodation at Pilgrim Hospital without water for more than 12 hours. Anglian Water has now delivered bottled water to them.

Anglian Water workmen are attempting to put in a temporary over-land pipe to get the nurses accommodation back on water. This is expected to be around 10.30am.

The water main pipe was said to have been damaged by ‘third-party contractors’ last night.

Lincolnshire County Council highways said: “A signed diversion route is being put in place, with traffic directed via the B1184 Frithville Road/Hale Lane then the B1183 Boston Road/Horncastle Road to rejoin the A16 at the Wide Bargate roundabout and vice versa.”