Sinkhole 'size of large watermelon' closes city road

Junction Road, where it meets with Aylsham Road, has been closed off due to the sinkhole.

Junction Road, where it meets with Aylsham Road, has been closed off due a sinkhole - Credit: Maya Derrick

A road in Norwich has been closed after a sinkhole opened up. 

The sinkhole emerged at the end of Junction Road where it joins with Aylsham Road in the NR3 area of the city. 

A sinkhole the size of a large watermelon has emerged in Junction Road, Norwich

A sinkhole the size of a large watermelon has emerged in Junction Road, Norwich - Credit: Maya Derrick

The road has been partially closed and barriers have been erected to prevent cars from passing through.

A woman who lives in the area said the sinkhole "is about the size of a large watermelon" and roughly 30cm to 50cm deep.

Barricades have been put up around the sinkhole in Junction Road, Norwich

Barriers have been put up around the sinkhole in Junction Road, Norwich - Credit: Maya Derrick

When it first appeared on Thursday, June 9, locals placed wheelie bins on either side of it to warn drivers.

An Anglian Water spokesperson said, “Our teams are currently investigating the cause of a collapsed sewer in Junction Road in Norwich.  

"Teams will continue these investigations over the weekend to enable repairs to be begin.

"The road is currently closed with a diversion in place.

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“Customers facilities have not been affected by this issue and we would like to thank everyone for their patience while we conduct this emergency work.”