Burst water pipe closes A38 in Barton-Under-Needwood

A section of the A38 through Staffordshire will be closed until Saturday because of a burst water main, the Highways Agency has said.

The northbound carriageway, between the B5016 and A5121 at Barton-under-Needwood, was closed on Wednesday.

More than 30 houses and a cafe were left without supply for about 24 hours.

South Staffordshire Water said it had repaired the pipe and reconnected homes but a large hole needed filling in before the road could reopen.

The Highways Agency said it had put a diversion in place and put up signs warning drivers of the closure.

It said motorists had to leave the A38 at Alrewas onto the B5016 westbound, take the B5017 through Needwood and the A5121 before rejoining the A38 at Branston.

The Agency's construction manager Andy Butterfield said: "We would also advise residents living along the diversion route that there is likely to be an increased volume of traffic until the A38 reopens," he added.

Roadworks planned for the A38 between Burton and Alrewas tonight had been cancelled and would not start again until noon on Saturday, the agency said.

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