EMERGENCY repair works have started on Botley Road after a leak was spotted this morning.
A lane has been closed near Osney Bridge – where the road was dug up last month causing traffic delays – because of a broken water main.
Workmen from Thames Water have now been called to the scene.
Martin Crabtree, a spokesman for Oxfordshire County Council, said: “It has been agreed that Thames Water will control the traffic past the works using Stop/Go boards, to ensure manual control, until 7pm this evening.
“After 7pm there will be temporary traffic light until 6:30am on Friday, August 15. Should Thames Water think that they will not be finished with their work by 6:30am tomorrow then they will temporarily reinstate the road surface so that traffic can use the road.
“Thames Water would then have to return after 7pm on Friday to do a permanent reinstatement.
“The pedestrian crossing at this location will have to be switched off.”
Becky Trotman, a spokesman for Thames Water, said: “We know it’s frustrating for drivers to see work happening in an area that’s recently been resurfaced but unfortunately we can’t always predict where or when a pipe is going to burst, despite our best monitoring efforts.
“This work is in no way related to the sewer repairs we carried out last month.”
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