A249 to remain closed for the rest of January

Sinkhole on A249
Image caption The sinkhole on the northbound carriageway of the A249 is up to 15ft (4.5m) deep

A dual carriageway closed after a sinkhole opened up as a result of a burst water main is likely to remain shut for the rest of the month.

The northbound carriageway of the A249 between Key Street and Bobbing roundabouts, near Sittingbourne in Kent, has been closed since 11 January.

Highways England said it was carrying out surveys to determine the extent of the damage under the road.

The southbound carriageway remains open while the works continues.

The detailed results of the latest surveys are expected on 29 January, Highways England said.

"The northbound A249 will be reopened as soon as it is safe to do so, once repairs to the damage underneath the carriageway have been completed," a spokesman said.

Diversions are in place for drivers heading towards Sheppey.

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