Urgent work to protect the electricity supply to around 75,000 homes in Sheffield has forced the closure of one lane of a main commuter route into the city.

Northern Power Grid needs to repair a fault on a 33kv cable running underneath St Mary’s Road, between Shoreham Street and Matilda Street.

Work is taking place beneath the section of pavement opposite Brandon Tool Hire and into the edge of the carriageway. Northern Power Grid is working hard to try to resolve this fault as soon as possible, but it is expected to take around a week to complete.

To allow this to go ahead safely Sheffield City Council has had to close one of the two lanes for traffic coming into the city. This means traffic is down to two out of the usual three lanes but this will keep the traffic moving in both directions.

Councillor Leigh Bramall, Cabinet Member for Business, Skills and Development, said:

“We are sorry for the inconvenience this will cause to motorists, but we have taken what steps we can to keep the traffic flowing while this emergency work is carried out. It is vital that we maintain the power supply to a good part of the city centre.”

Motorists, and fans travelling to Bramall Lane for Sheffield United’s match against Brentford on Wednesday evening and Nottingham Forest on Sunday, are advised to allow extra time for their journey.