Tyne & Wear

County Durham road closed following landslip

Landslip Image copyright Durham County Council
Image caption The council said more detailed inspections are being carried out to assess the scale of the repair work needed

A road in County Durham has been closed after heavy rain caused a section of it to collapse.

Stormy conditions over the weekend caused a landslip on the road which runs between Frosterley and Stanhope.

Durham County Council said an inspection revealed the "severity" of the damage and there was "no option" but closure to ensure public safety.

A spokesman said early indications suggested "significant repairs" will be needed which could take several months.

Traffic is being diverted via the A689.

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