Work on crucial Birmingham water pipe "progressing well"

The work Credit: BPM Media

Work to repair a large water pipe in Birmingham which supplies water to 200,000 customers in the city are now 'progressing well', according to the water company carrying out the repairs.

The incident on Selly Oak was one of the worst ever burst water mains incidents in Birmingham - but the end of repair work and road closures is now in sight.

Vast amounts of water cascaded down Harborne Lane when an old, 42-inch pipe burst in November.

A huge chunk of the central reservation opposite the traffic island collapsed into itself under the weight of the water, taking street signs and a lamppost with it and breaking up the pavement.

A new pipe was installed and connected recently, with the expectation that the work will be completed by the middle of February and the road fully re-opened by the end of the month.

Credit: BPM Media

Severn Trent Water say they are hoping to have Harbrone Lane re-opened and back to normal by the end of February. They acknowledged the frustrations the road closures had caused for local residents.