A U-turn has been made on the plans to reopen a road which collapsed to light traffic only after further deterioration.

It was announced on Wednesday that The Street in Aldham, near Hadleigh, would be reopening after it gave way in November. 

Light traffic was intended to be allowed through the road, which runs through the village near Hadleigh, but this decision has since been reversed. 

East Anglian Daily Times: The road collapsed last monthThe road collapsed last month (Image: Jenni Green)

A spokesman for Suffolk Highways said: "Following a review of the road closure on The Street, Aldham, it has been agreed that due to further deterioration, the safest option is to keep the road closed.

"We would like to apologise for any disruption to local businesses and residents in both Aldham and Elmsett, however the safety of road users has to take priority."

The spokesman added that due to persistent heavy rainfall, it cannot be guaranteed that the road will not collapse further. 

Suffolk Highways expects the road "to be closed for the next few months."

It had initially been due to reopen on Wednesday. 

Jenni Green, who has lived in Aldham for 47 years, told this newspaper on Wednesday: "We know the road is too dangerous to be open but there is nothing from Highways. You can't get through to them.

"It is becoming a nightmare."

A diversion route will be in place while repair works are carried out.

Drivers are advised to follow The Street, Church Hill, the A1071, Red Hill Road and vice versa.