MOTORISTS along a busy route that connects Burton and South Derbyshire could face delays over the weekend – after a water pipe burst in the middle of the road.
Workers from South Staffs Water have been now been working for two days to try to stem a leak on the A444 between the junctions of Sycamore Road and Saxon Street, in Stapenhill.
The problem became such an issue that workers had to dig a six foot wide crater in the ground in an effort to try to solve the problem.
Despite initial hopes that the work would be completed at some point today, water chiefs have now told the Mail that it is "unlikely'" to be completed before Monday at the earliest – causing a headache for people during rush hour and during the weekend.
A spokesman for South Staffs Water said: "Workers are currently investigating an issue in Sycamore Road and Saxon Street, in Stapenhill.
"We have a traffic management system, in the form of two-way lights on the Burton entry carriageway, in place as a result of the efforts to try to get to the bottom of what happened with the water leak.
"This will remain in place for the duration of the works, which is currently estimated to last until the start of week commencing July 21.
"We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause during these essential repairs."
Water chiefs revealed to the Mail that a "small number" of surrounding properties were impacted by the leak.
Anyone who needs further information on the issue is urged to visit www.south-staffs-water.co.uk/ community_environment/ supply_incidents.asp