Bristol candle lorry fire road 'to fully reopen on Friday'

The lorry carrying candles caught fire on one of Bristol's busiest roads

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One of Bristol's busiest roads, which was shut after a lorry carrying candles caught fire, should be fully open by Friday morning, the council has said.

Brunel Way was closed during rush hour on Wednesday after the A3029 was left covered by a pool of melted wax.

Witnesses reported hearing a "loud explosion" and seeing "large plumes of smoke" over the Cumberland Basin just after 16:00 BST.

The driver said the lorry was taking 46 pallets of Yankee candles to Italy.

Lorry fire The A3029 Cumberland Basin system is one of the main traffic arteries in and out of the city
The Brunel Way was closed for several hours

Part of the road into the city centre reopened on Wednesday evening but the majority of work to repair "significant damage" to the road surface was expected to take about 36 hours to complete.

New asphalt has now been laid and all lanes out of Bristol on Brunel Way are expected to be open "in time for the evening rush hour", said Bristol City Council.

The local authority also expects the road to be fully open in both directions by rush hour on Friday morning.

The council said the concrete structure of the bridge would need to be checked, with a "full repair" being carried out at "some point in the future".

The A3029 Cumberland Basin system is one of the main traffic arteries in and out of the city towards Weston-super-Mare.

The burned-out lorry in Bristol The lorry was on its way to Italy via Avonmouth Docks

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