St John’s Road, Clacton, will be closed for around four weeks while emergency sewer repairs are carried out.

Anglian Water closed part of the busy street last week to investigate a suspected collapsed sewer which had created a void beneath the road surface.

Antony Innes, from Anglian Water, said: “We know that any road closure is going to be disruptive and we’re sorry for that. However, it’s important we repair this sewer as quickly as possible to prevent any further damage to the road and to protect pedestrians and commuters.

“A full CCTV of the sewers in this area has shown there is a collapsed pipe some five metres beneath the road. To complete the repairs as quickly and safely as possible we’re regrettably going to have to shut both lanes.

“Work is expected to take about four weeks to complete, although every effort will be made to finish the work sooner. It’s a complicated repair due to the depth of the pipe and the need to dig by hand to avoid damaging other utilities in the area.”

Despite the closure, the team working on site will ensure access is maintained for properties and deliveries.

Antony added: “Once again we’re very sorry for the disruption this work will cause, but it’s important we act now to repair this pipe.”