A key Maidenhead road remains closed in both directions after a chimney collapsed.

Thames Hotel, situated on Ray Mead Road, was attended by fire crews just after midday yesterday (January 25) after reports of an unsafe structure.

The road was later shut due to safety concerns and is expected to reopen later today (January 26).

Builders are currently on the site and seeking to fix the damage.

A spokesperson from Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue said: "At 12:32pm on Tuesday, January 24, we received reports of a dangerous structure on Ray Mead Road in Maidenhead.

"Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service crews from Slough and Windsor fire stations were sent to the scene alongside crews from London Fire Brigade.

"Upon arrival, crews discovered a collapsed chimney. Using an Aerial Ladder Platform (ALP), firefighters inspected the chimney and determined that no safe action was available. Crews have closed the road and handed the scene over to Thames Valley Police.

"Fire crews were on the scene for approximately one hour and 50 minutes."

The road was cordoned off and has remained closed, with police on site throughout the night. 

Diversions are in place.

A Thames Valley Police spokesperson said: "Ray Mead Road is still closed.

"Builders have arrived to fix the chimney and to make it safe, which should be finished by 4pm. The road will hopefully reopen after that."