One of Kingston town centre's busiest roads has been closed to traffic for two weeks while urgent sewer repairs are carried out.

Thames Water has returned to Eden Street to fix a number of collapsed sewers which are threatening the structural integrity of the road.

It follows an 11-day closure in February when the problem was first discovered.

The road will be fully closed to all vehicles between McDonalds and HSBC bank, but remain open to pedestrians. Businesses in Eden Street will be open as usual.

Buses will once again be diverted along Wheatfield Way, with temporary bus stops outside Kingston Library and Ashdown Road car park.

A notice on Kingston Council's website said: "The engineering and traffic complexities at these locations mean that closing Eden Street is the preferred method of managing traffic and is a balance between maintaining access and deliveries as far as possible against the space required to safely undertake these deep and potentially complex engineering works in as short a duration as possible."

Work is expected to finish by Sunday, May 19, although this is subject to change.

There was a small delay this morning when Thames water contractor Metrorod was late to arrive.

But a council spokesman said: "It was a minor delay and will not hold up the scheme."

For more information call Thames Water on 0845 9200 800, Metrorod on 0845 1687715 or Kingston Council's network management team on 020 8547 5747.