UPDATED: CHESTER Road was closed after the walls of the former historic Ship Inn collapsed earlier this afternoon during housing development works at the site.
Demolition work was taking place on the site to prepare it for a housing development, with plans in place by Elan Homes to develop 14 four and five bedroom houses.
The building, which was also previously the Ship Inn pub, and more recently the Jahan Indian restaurant, has not been in use for several months.
Police confirmed all utilities had been disconnected as demolition work was taking place to prepare the site for a housing development.
The road was completely closed between The Stag and Walton Lea Crematorium causing lengthy traffic delays but has now re-opened.