A County Durham road which had to be closed following the discovery of a sinkhole has reopened after less than two weeks.

The B1404 Seaton Lane, at Seaton near Seaham, was closed by Durham County Council on Friday 21 June in the interests of public safety, after a void was discovered underneath the road surface.

Work has since been carried out to fill the void and reinstate the surface of the road, allowing it to reopen earlier today.

Mark Readman, the council’s highway services manager, said: “Public safety is of utmost importance to us and when we discovered the sinkhole it really left us with no choice but to close the road.

“We appreciated this would cause disruption for motorists and our teams worked extended hours so we could get the work done as quickly as possible.

“We are pleased to have the road open again inside two weeks and we’d like to once again thank the public for their patience and understanding during the closure.”

All traffic can now use the road as normal and Go North East’s number 238 bus service has resumed its usual route.

Meanwhile, a second sinkhole beneath a footpath which runs alongside the A691 at Blackhill remains fenced off.

The sinkhole was discovered on Thursday 20 June when council staff attended to make the site safe.

The council has since been carrying out a full assessment of the site and identifying the best course of action.

Work will be be carried out to fill the void as soon as possible but in the meantime the site will remain fenced off in the interests of public safety.