Work to repair the hole which opened up in an Alnwick street yesterday is underway.
Following investigations by Northumberland County Council and Northumbrian Water, the cause of the hole on Hotspur Street was discovered and repairs are taking place. It is hoped that the road will be open again by tomorrow afternoon.
A county council spokeswoman said: “An old plastic pipe under the road has disintegrated, causing water to wash out the surrounding area. This formed an unusually large void under the road, which collapsed. We are now replacing the pipe and filling the void with concrete.
“Hotspur Street should be open again by Friday afternoon, if not before. There are signs in place to show the diversion for drivers.”
Police were alerted to the hole at 1.30pm yesterday when it appeared that an area of relatively new asphalt has collapsed exposing a hollow beneath the road structure.
The road is closed from the bottom at its junction with Bondgate Without by the Bondgate Tower up to just below the Tanners Arms pub, before the road merges into Green Batt.
Traffic is being diverted through the Bondgate Tower. This route is not suitable for larger vehicles such as buses and HGVs, but signs have been put in place to warn drivers. There is still pedestrian access up the street.