Jaguar Land Rover closes UK plant as weather hits water supply

Jaguar Land Rover has halted production at its Solihull car plant in central England after water supplies in Britain were disrupted by burst pipes, the automaker said.

A spokeswoman for JLR said the company closed the site, near Birmingham, and she was unable to say when it would reopen.

“Due to a water shortage caused by a burst water main, we have had to stop production this afternoon,” she said.

The plant builds the Range Rover, Range Rover Sport and Range Rover Velar models alongside the Land Rover Discovery and Jaguar’s F-Pace sports car, according to Automotive News Europe’s car assembly plant map.

In London, thousands of people were left without water as the return of normal temperatures, following the worst snowstorms in Britain for nearly 30 years, caused pipes to burst.

Water Company Severn Trent, which serves densely populated areas of central England, said that it was also facing challenges as it worked to keep schools and hospitals open.

“Due to the recent thaw we’ve experienced, our teams are dealing with a huge number of burst pipes across our region which is putting pressure on our network,” Severn Trent said in a statement.

“We’ve worked closely with Jaguar Land Rover which has agreed to stop production to help us target our supply.”

The Solihull plant is one of JLR’s three vehicle production sites in the UK and employs 10,000 people.