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Sinkhole closes M2 in Kent

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A 15-foot deep sinkhole has closed the M2 in Kent.

Highways Agency engineers continue to investigate what caused the hole to open up in the central reservation yesterday (11 February).

A section of the motorway remains closed between junctions 5 and 6 this morning (Wednesday 12 February).

The hole is approximately five metres long, two metres wide, and about five metres deep (15×6.5x15ft) and was reported yesterday afternoon by Highways Agency contractors.

A spokesman for the Highways Agency said: “Cameras have been and will continue to be used to investigate the extent and nature of the hole. The site was closely monitored overnight, whilst equipment and materials are being organised and deployed to site ready for our contractors to start work as soon as it is safe to do so.”

Engineers were joined on site by the emergency services including Kent Fire & Rescue Service.

A signed diversion is in place via the A249, the M20, the A20, the A252 and the A251.

Photo courtesy of the Highways Agency.

 
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