ONE of Hampshire’s busiest link roads was closed after a fire involving an underground electricity cable.

Part of Wide Lane – the main route between the M27 and Southampton International Airport – was shut in both directions for about an hour yesterday.

Traffic was diverted along Stoneham Lane and Southampton Road.

The fire, which involved a cable supplying street lights in the area, broke out beside a slip road at Junction 5 of the M27 just before 1.30pm.

A crew from Eastleigh fire station was sent to the incident.

A spokesman said: “There was a bit of smoke and quite a strong electrical smell but no flames.”

The fire is thought to have been caused by a power surge.