A BUSY road in Colchester town centre has been closed for work to repair a sinkhole.

St John's Street has been closed this afternoon due to the road defect. 

Buses are currently being diverted via Southway and then continuing through to Head Gate. 

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Drivers should avoid the area if possible this afternoon. 

First Essex says the road is closed due to a "burst water main" and its services will also be diverted.

There are long delays in St John's Street, which is a major part of town centre bus routes.