A flooded subway in Romford town centre is being fixed, Havering Council has pledged, after residents bemoaned persistent issues.

Images of water in North Street subway that connects Romford Market with the library, were shared by residents on social media groups since March 15.

Romford Recorder: Daisy flagged the North Street subway flooding on March 17Daisy flagged the North Street subway flooding on March 17 (Image: Daisy Saunders)

One person, Lisa Jane Linton, claimed that the subway from London Road to Market Place has been blocked since November.

Romford Recorder: This image of the London Road subway shows flooding two weeks agoThis image of the London Road subway shows flooding two weeks ago (Image: Lisa Jane Linton)

Another commented: “Comes up to your ankles. I had to walk through it yesterday to get home from work."

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Conservative councillor David Taylor, of St Edwards ward in the town, claimed that he uses these subways on a near daily basis and they “flood often”.  He said he has asked the council to carry out an urgent inspection of the surrounding drains.

“Residents are reporting flooding issues and blocked drains in the surrounding streets.

"It is increasingly clear that the area is becoming over-developed and the existing infrastructure is struggling to cope."

He believes infrastructure must be upgraded and further development needs to stop until this happens.

A council spokesperson told the Recorder that it is aware of the problem and has already started the process of fixing the flooded North Street subway.

They said that the flooding is not in relation to any development taking place nearby but is due to dysfunctional pumps used to drain the water.

“The pumps that are used to drain the water are not working properly and we are sorry about the inconvenience this is causing pedestrians.

“Our officers are looking to replace them as quickly as possible.

“In the meantime, they are trying to keep the existing pumps working as best as they can and to provide warning signs for pedestrians," the spokesperson said.