THE collapse of a gas main under a busy road caused knock-on traffic tailbacks at rush hour today (Wednesday, September 3).

Problems arose after the collapse led to a build up of gas under the A167 Park Road, in Chester-le-Street, at about 5.15pm yesterday (Tuesday September 2).

But the real motoring mayhem developed during the busy commuter rush hour this morning.

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The entire stretch of the A167 from the Ropery Lane junction to the A1(M) interchange at junction 33, at Blind Lane.

As a result traffic on feeder roads built up in all directions in the Chester-le-Street area.

Durham Police said it understood the relevant agencies were looking into the problem, but added that there was no estimated time for the road re-opening.

The traffic problems were heightened by the return of the school run this week, following the six-week summer holiday, while cricket fans were warned to expect delays getting to the Emirates ground, at the Riverside, Chester-le-Street, for the final day of Durham’s County Championship cricket match, against Nottinghamshire.