Suffolk Highways has apologised after a major road in the west of the county has been left closed for more than a week after it flooded. 

The A143 Compiegne Way in Bury St Edmunds has been shut since New Year's Eve following torrential downpours, which caused it to be submerged underwater.

Residents and the leader of West Suffolk Council have since expressed their frustration on the closure and demanded Suffolk Highways acts to reopen the road.

Cliff Waterman said: "It is frankly shocking that an important road in and out of Bury St Edmunds has been allowed to flood to begin with, and clearly there are not adequate drainage provisions there."

A spokesman for Suffolk Highways said: "We apologise for the inconvenience the closure of Compiegne Way is causing residents.

"Our specialist contractors are attending site as soon as they can this week to assess what needs to be done to allow for the road to be reopened.

“As soon as we have a confirmed outcome, we will provide further updates.”