Temporary barriers are expected to remain in an Ipswich town centre road after a huge sinkhole appeared. 

The large defect was first spotted in High Street, near Ipswich Museum, on Wednesday last week. 

Suffolk Highways attended and put up barriers around the sinkhole.

Ipswich Star: Large sinkhole in IpswichLarge sinkhole in Ipswich (Image: Charlotte Bond) 

A spokeswoman for Suffolk Highways said: "An initial investigation has taken place; however, the exact cause cannot be determined until the road has been excavated.

"An order has been raised for the road to be repaired and a new drainage gully to be installed. 

"The temporary barriers will remain in place until the road has been repaired.

"Timescales for the work have not yet been agreed."