Dorset's B3157 Jurassic Coast route closes for water works

Cottages along the B3157 in Abbotsbury
Image caption The B3157 connects Bridport to Weymouth via Abbotsbury

Disruption is expected as a major Jurassic Coast tourist route closes for up to 12 weeks while water mains pipes are replaced.

Wessex Water said the work, which has shut the B3157 through Abbotsbury, was necessary as the stretch had seen 30 bursts in 15 years.

However, some local businesses said it would affect trade and jobs.

The water supplier said it would minimise disruption and added businesses would be accessible.

'Lay people off'

Dansel Craft Gallery said it relied heavily on passing trade and the closure of the B3157 to through traffic, along West Street, Market Street and Rodden Row, meant it would lose a quarter of its yearly income.

Co-owner Selwyn Holmes said: "We employ seven people altogether and we're probably going to have to lay people off because of this."

Other businesses, including the local Post Office, are concerned the work will affect deliveries.

Wessex Water said engineers would work "as quickly as possible" to complete the work.

It added diversions had been put in place via the A35 and A354, and said an extra free bus service would run during the work.

Dorset County Council said it would also grit additional routes in the area during icy conditions.

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