Kent

Collapsed road in Meopham closed 'for up to ten days'

Meopham hole
Image caption Southern Water said the most likely cause of the collapsed road was the recent cold weather

The main road through a Kent village is to remain closed for up to ten days while repairs are carried out.

A 12ft (3.6m) hole appeared on the A227 Wrotham Road in Meopham when a water main burst on New Year's Eve.

Meopham Parish Council said the road had been deemed unsafe and repair work would not be finished until 16 January at the earliest.

Sarah Lawry-Johns, the deputy clerk, said: "No-one can guarantee that there will be no further problems."

She warned: "It is probably best to treat this as an earliest date not a definite one.

"In response to requests, lights will be provided for the pedestrian detour around Pitfield and Cricketers Drives."

Water supplies were disrupted for several hours and 12 homes had to be evacuated when the pipe collapsed.

Southern Water said the most likely cause was the recent cold weather.

A spokesman said the subsequent thaw can cause ground movement, fracturing pipes.

Sara Kemsley, the headteacher of Meopham School, urged parents to share travel arrangements where possible.

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