Stoke & Staffordshire

A53 motorists face more delays in Endon after gas leak

Image caption This stretch of the A53 is used by more than 15,000 vehicles every day

Urgent roadworks which have closed part of a key route between Stoke-on-Trent and Leek are going to overrun.

The A53 in Staffordshire is shut both ways at Endon after the road collapsed following sewer works on Monday.

Severn Trent Water had hoped to have things back to normal by Thursday, but it has since found a leaking gas main.

The company now says the road will be partially opened on Thursday night with traffic lights and will fully open on Saturday.

Motorists continue to face lengthy diversions through Norton, Brown Edge and Smallthorne.

In 2009, replacement of a water main in the same stretch of road caused months of delays.

John Bentley from the water company said they had to shut the road to keep motorists safe but their key concern was to make sure the road was reopened as soon as possible.

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