A SECTION of busy road between Ringwood and Fordingbridge is closed due a water leak.

The A338 at Ibsley is closed in both directions while emergency repair work takes place between Mockbeggar Lane and Kent Lane.

Hampshire County Council said South West Water and SGN gas are carrying out repairs.

A spokesperson said that it is "unlikely" the road would reopen before Saturday morning, January 29.

A diversion route is being set up. 

The closure is affecting the Morebus X3 services and a as a result, buses are diverting via Somerley and Alderholt between Ringwood and Fordingbridge.

A Morebus spokesperson said: “Sorry for any inconvenience caused.”