21/01/2012 13:03 GMT | Updated 22/03/2012 05:12 GMT

Oxford Street Flood: 100-Year-Old Burst Water Main Repaired

A Victorian water main which burst on Britain's busiest shopping street, causing extensive flooding, has been repaired, the water authority said.

The pipe, which was more than 100 years old, ruptured on Oxford Street in central London on Thursday night, flooding 14 nearby shops.

Water poured through the street at the junction of Park Street just before trading closed for the day.

The incident affected branches of Primark, Next, Ann Summers and Superdrug, and closed a section of road between Park Lane and Portman Street.

Up to 18 bus routes were on diversion, and it was thought it could take up to a week for traffic to return to normal.

A Thames Water spokesman said: "The Oxford Street water main, which burst on Thursday night, was repaired today and will be pressure-tested tonight to make sure it's water-tight.

"We aim to start pouring concrete tomorrow morning when the job of rebuilding the road over the 24-inch pipe gets under way.

"We are working with Westminster Council on this, and we expect the carriageway to be reopened to traffic towards the end of next week.

"We'd like to say again how sorry we are to everyone who has been impacted by this incident."