Repairs begin on Selly Oak burst water pipe and sinkhole

Melissa Wright

Former Reporter, ITV News Central

The pipe burst in November Credit: ITV News Central

Repairs will start today on a water pipe in Birmingham which caused havoc when it burst in November, disfiguring pavements and causing a sinkhole.

Severn Trent Water say they've carried out all the background work needed to go ahead and fix the pipe. It's expected to be completely repaired by mid February.

Work will then begin to repair Harborne Lane itself with the aim of re-opening it fully by the end of February.

The burst pipe caused havoc when it burst last November, sending a river of water rushing down Harborne Lane. Several properties were flooded and the pavements near the sinkhole were severely damaged.

It's been two months since the pipe burst, but Severn Trent Water say they've had to carry out more than 500 separate checks to make sure the repair works don't cause further disruption.

The pavement was completely disfigured Credit: ITV News Central

One side of Harborne Lane, the stretch from the petrol station just before the junction with Quinton Road to the new roundabout at the junction of the A38, will remain closed until the end of February.

  • Watch the report from November by IT News Central's Melissa Wright below.