A CAR fire held up traffic on the A419 northbound between Blunsdon and Cricklade.

Fire engines and police cars were at the scene on Friday afternoon to deal with the burning vehicle and close lanes after receiving more than a dozen calls about the incident.

Traffic was at a standstill and drivers were urged to avoid the area.

One lane was closed. Emergency services were called to the scene around 3pm. The road reopened around 5pm.

A Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: "We took a call at 3.04pm to reports of a vehicle fire and sent two fire engines - one on-call crew from Stratton fire station and a whole-time crew from Swindon fire station.

"They were on-scene within 10 minutes. The vehicle was well alight and we received 13 calls about it.

"They extinguished the fire with one hose reel jet and worked with police.

"The stop came in at 3.49pm."

No-one was injured in the blaze.

A Wiltshire Police spokesman said: "We can confirm we received a report of a vehicle fire on the A419 northbound at Seven Bridges shortly after 3pm today.

"We are assisting our colleagues at Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service and Highways England, with one lane remaining closed.

"We advise drivers to avoid the area and find an alternative route."