Kent

Meopham road reopens after hole repaired

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

The main road through a Kent village has reopened nearly three weeks after a 49ft wide (15m) section collapsed when a water main burst.

The A227 Wrotham Road in Meopham was deemed unsafe and closed for repairs on 1 January following the burst.

The road was reopened to traffic on Thursday, but final resurfacing of new pavements and installation of new kerbs has not yet been carried out.

The final stage of the work is expected to take a week, starting on 31 January.

Temporary traffic lights will be in place while the work is finished.

Southern Water said it was also arranging the restoration of driveways and gardens of the houses affected.

The company said it was still investigating the exact cause of the road collapse.

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