Council workers are investigating the cause of a sinkhole after the road suddenly collapsed between Springside and Dreghorn.

North Ayrshire Council confirmed they were now looking into the large sinkhole - which they say is close to a high pressure water main - while Scottish Water say workers will assess the situation.

The section of road is expected to be closed for some time with motorists advised to observe diversions.

A spokesperson for North Ayrshire Council said: “We have closed the B7081 Main Road at Springside after subsidence was observed in the road, approximately 100 metres from the roundabout between Dreghorn and Springside.

“An investigation is underway. We have alerted Scottish Water as the subsidence is in line with a high pressure water main, and have also updated Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) as bus routes will be affected.

“We would ask road users to check their journey before leaving and observe any diversionary signage while the matter is being attended to.”

A Scottish Water spokesperson said: “We will be attending as soon as possible to assess what repairs are required and appropriate action will be taken.”