Repairs to a collapsed culvert beneath a County Durham road have been completed.

Potterhouse Lane, which links the A167 at Pity Me to the B6532 between Sacriston and Framwellgate Moor, had been closed for more than five months because a culvert had collapsed.

The road was able to reopen just before Christmas and the final repairs have just been completed.

The works required input from several utility providers to try to minimise disruption.

Durham County Council’s highways services manager, Mark Readman, said: “We would like to thank the public for their patience and understanding during the road closure.

“The original culvert had served its purpose and the extent of the damage was beyond repair and required us to carry out a full replacement. The safety of road users was of paramount importance to us, and we have been able to work with businesses and residents in the area to minimise any disruption whilst we carried out the work.”

Council engineers started the work after discovering the damaged culvert, which was more than 60 years old, during an inspection last July.