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Grand Prix fans urged to avoid route flooded by water main on way to Silverstone

The burst water main at Mereway has caused significant flooding Credit: ITV News Anglia

A burst water main could make travel for Silverstone Grand Prix visitors even more difficult this weekend.

Police fear Mereway in Northampton could be closed for the next few days while Anglian Water workers try to fix the pipe.

It has caused significant flooding on the road which connects the A43 to the A45 at the south of the town.

The carriageway is closed in both directions and motorists are being urged to avoid the area.

David Leigh, who lives nearby, fears it will cause significant problems for traffic trying to get to the F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone.

The burst water main at Mereway has caused significant flooding Credit: ITV News Anglia

"It couldn't have happened on a worse weekend. Traffic will be coming from the east along Mereway and, of course, if they're not aware until they get to the roundabout then they're stuck and they've got to come down through the estate.

"It is pretty heavy anyway when the Grand Prix is on but with Mereway being closed its going to be pretty horrendous."

– David Leigh, neighbour
Flooding at Mereway in Northampton Credit: ITV News Anglia