Burst water main closes roads and shopping centre in Newcastle

Eldon Square in Newcastle was closed for a period of time as a result of the burst water main.
Eldon Square in Newcastle was closed for a period of time as a result of the burst water main.

A burst water main has disrupted businesses, closed roads and affected homes in the North East today.

Parts of Newcastle and Gateshead were left without water for part of today after a water main on Scotswood Road burst. The road filled with water and vehicles were abandoned while Northumbrian Water worked to bring the situation under control.

Eldon Square shopping centre in Newcastle was also evacuated while necessary work was carried out.

Emergency services also attended the scene of the burst to assist

Shortly before 2.30pm, Eldon Square posted an update on its Twitter account (@intueldonsquare) to say the centre had re-opened.

It said: "A burst pipe in the local area affected our supply of water earlier.

"We had to temporarily close @intueldonsquare so we could carry out checks on the sprinkler systems.

"Just a precaution and we're pleased to say everything is now back to normal. Sorry for any inconvenience."

Northumbrian Water is continuing its work to bring Scotswood Road back to normal - but added on Twitter that all partners are working to minimise disruption to commuters.

There has also been some localised flooding on Scotswood Road, between the roundabout and B&Q. The road is currently closed.