Kent

Kent M2 reopens after 15ft-deep hole appeared

Hole in central reservation Image copyright Highways Agency
Image caption The Highways Agency said the hole measured 16ft (5m) by 6ft (2m) and was 15ft (4m) deep

The M2 has reopened in both directions after a 15ft-deep (4m) hole opened in the central reservation in Kent.

The Highways Agency said two London-bound lanes and one coastbound lane were open, with traffic using the hard shoulder to pass the scene.

The M2 was closed for 10 miles in both directions between junction five at Stockbury and junction six at Faversham after the hole appeared on Tuesday.

The Highways Agency has said it was not yet clear if the cavity is a sinkhole.

A spokesman said "geotechnical" investigations were continuing to find out what caused the hole to open up, so that repairs could be safely completed and the remaining lanes reopened.

On Wednesday, the cavity was filled with about 40 tonnes of gravel to help stabilise it.

Video cameras were also used to inspect the damage.

The agency said delays were still expected on the coastbound carriageway, and road users were advised to consider using alternate routes, including the M20 for traffic heading to Dover.

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