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Oxford sinkhole forces closure of Worcester Street

A4144 Worcester Street sinkhole Image copyright @cllrbartington
Image caption Worcester Street was closed both ways between George Street and Walton Street

A sinkhole opened up in the centre of Oxford causing a main road to be closed.

The hole appeared on the A4144 Worcester Street near Oxford University Student Union on Monday night.

Although the opening of the hole on the road surface appeared small, Oxford City Council said there was a large one metre deep cavity beneath.

It was closed both ways between George Street and Walton Street for repairs and reopened on Tuesday afternoon.

Image caption Repairs took place to fill in the one metre deep cavity
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Image caption The road closure caused traffic delays in the centre of Oxford

Motorists were advised to avoid the area.

The closure also caused severe delays and disruption to the city's bus services.

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Image caption The closure caused disruption to the city's bus services

Sinkholes caused disruption in Oxford city centre last year when they opened up on Broad Street outside the Sheldonian Theatre and Boswells department store.

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