Emergency roadworks are causing queues on a busy Swindon road.

Thames Water has started digging up part of Bridge End Road to carry out urgent repairs to the damaged sewer underneath it.

Two-way traffic lights are managing the flow of vehicles near the Dockle Farmhouse and New Inn.

Queues are backing up to Gipsy Lane and Greenbridge roundabout.

The work began at 9am on Wednesday, February 14, and will last until 5pm on Tuesday, February 20, according to Swindon Borough Council’s roadworks map.

A letter to neighbours from Thames Water, which has been shared on social media, says: “I’m sorry we were unable to make you aware of this work in advance, however our contractors Cappagh have needed to carry out this work as an emergency, due to a health and safety risk.

“This [sewer damage] may be impacted on the stability of the road above it and therefore needs to be investigated.

“At present, we’re uncertain of the condition of the rest of the sewer, so we’ll carry out a camera survey from the excavation.

“This will then determine our next steps and the duration of our work.

“We apologise for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and understanding.

“Your clean and wastewater facilities shouldn’t be affected.”