Burst water pipe sees Blackstock Road in Finsbury Park closed

Water from a burst water pipe in Finsbury Park Image copyright @MPSBrownswood
Image caption The road was flooded after the 100-year-old pipe burst

A shopping street in north London will be closed for several days after it was left under water when a 100-year-old water pipe burst.

The 10in (25cm) pipe under Blackstock Road in Finsbury Park burst on Tuesday.

Engineers from Thames Water stopped the water coming through by 13:00 GMT, however substantial damage was done to the road.

The road has been closed at the A1201 Rock Street junction so emergency repairs can be carried out.

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Image caption Blackstock Road has been closed to vehicles
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Image caption It is not known how long the road will be closed for

Thames Water said it could not yet estimate when the road would be reopened but it was likely to be closed for several days.

BBC Travel reports bus routes 4, 19, 106 and 236 have been diverted via Manor House.

The water company said no customers were without water as a result of the burst pipe.

Sgt Richard Burns has tweeted that the burst water main has left a "legacy of a large hole".

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