A busy Swindon road closed for days by a burst water main is reopening soon.

Wootton Bassett Road became impassable at around 6.30am on Monday morning after a leaky pipe flooded the route near the junction by the Dick Lovett car dealership.

This caused heavy traffic during the morning and afternoon rush hour, particularly around Wichelstowe, Great Western Way, Westleaze, Westcott Place, and the rest of Wootton Bassett Road itself.

During the emergency road closure, Thames Water carried out two sets of work: works by Mannington Roundabout were planned repair and maintenance efforts on clean water pipes while works by Redposts Drive repaired a leak on a clean water pipe.

New tarmac has been laid over the road surface.

On Tuesday afternoon, Swindon Borough Council provided an update on when motorists can expect the road to reopen.

A spokesperson said: "Wootton Bassett Road is set to reopen at 6pm today, March 19, after the tarmac has cooled, following a burst water main."

As of 6pm on Tuesday, congested traffic near the Designer Outlet, Park Lane, Faringdon Road, and Westcott Place is gradually easing as the flow of vehicles on Wootton Bassett Road begins to return to normal.

Journeys to Wichelstowe should also be smoother and less congested.