On Wednesday afternoon (23/11), Rather large Severn Trent Water big water pipes burst on Harborne Lane in Selly Oak.


It flooded the road, although it has now been turned off.  Part of the road will need to stay closed while repairs take place.


Severn Trent Water has released the following information: 

Now that we’ve got the pipe switched off and the water has drained away, we’re working on cleaning up and starting the pipe repair.

As you can see from the picture, there’s a big hole where the burst pipe is.  The pipe is actually 10m underneath here so you can see it’s going to be a big job to dig it out and fix it.  We’re working hard on the digging now and when we can get at the pipe, we’ll be able to assess the damage and work out what we have to do to fix it and how long that’s going to take.

We’ll be on site round the clock to keep everyone safe and to get on with the work but we expect it to take quite a long time until everything is back to normal – unfortunately we’re talking weeks rather than days.

Traffic management

To do the repair, we will need to keep part of the road closed – this is Harborne Lane from the new roundabout at the junction of the A38 up to the petrol station just before the junction with Quinton Road.

However we worked hard overnight last night to open up the new roundabout so that people can get round onto the A38, and also Gibbins Road.  The traffic is flowing nicely there now so we’ve been able to remove the traffic lights to make the flow better.

We’re hoping that by tomorrow afternoon we’ll also be able to open up the flow lane on Harborne Lane, meaning that traffic will be able to go around the roundabout and all the way along Harborne Lane as normal.  But we will need to keep the southbound lane closed as that’s where the burst pipe is.  We’ll have people on site round the clock to make sure the traffic is kept moving as much as possible.

We know that this is really inconvenient and that it’ll cause traffic problems in rush hour and we can only say sorry for this, but please be reassured that we’ll work around the clock to get this pipe fixed and everything back to normal as quickly as possible.


We know that that due to so much water escaping from the pipe, some properties may have been flooded, and if so, we have teams ready to help with this if needed – please do get in touch with us if you need our help.