A MAJOR road which was closed earlier today for emergency works is to remain shut.

As previously reported, Cumbernauld Road in Glasgow's East End was closed in the eastbound direction around 8am on Tuesday due to a burst water main requiring urgent action.

Glasgow City Council's roads team have now revealed the work will require the road to be closed in the northbound direction as well with the closure expected to last until around 6pm on Saturday, July 15.

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Drivers have been warned to avoid the area while Scottish Water carries out the repairs The council said: "Due to emergency Scottish Water works it is necessary to close Cumbernauld Road northbound carriageway, between Gough Street and Gadie Street.

"Heavy Good Vehicles are encouraged to utilise the Primary Diversion Route.

"Delays may be expected."

Scottish Water confirmed its engineers will be on-site throughout the day with water supply expected to be affected in G33, G66, and G69.

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A statement said: "The water supply will gradually return to normal for customers once the repair has been completed.

"While we carry out the repair please be aware that you may experience no water supply, low/intermittent pressure or discoloured water.

"At present, we expect to complete the repair in a timeframe which means we do not plan to provide bottled at distribution locations.

"Traffic management is in place. Please consider an alternative route if at all possible, in order to avoid potential delays to your journey."