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article image15-foot hole closes motorway

By Tim Sandle     Feb 11, 2014 in Travel
A 10-mile section of the M2 motorway has been closed in both directions after a 15-foot hole appeared in the central reservation.
The section affected by the huge hole is in the county of Kent, just outside of London. A spokesperson from the U.K. Highways Agency told the BBC that: "The road has been closed while urgent safety checks are made following a large hole opening up in the central reservation. Agency staff and contractors are working hard to inspect the hole and make the necessary repairs and lanes will be reopened when it is safe to do so."
Once the section of the motorway was closed off it led to long traffic jams, between the towns of Sittingbourne and Faversham.
The reason for the hole occurring are unknown. Quoted by the Daily Mail, AA president Edmund King said:
"Thankfully this was on the central reservation. If a hole of this nature had opened up on a carriageway it could well have led to tragedy. I don't think this is anything to do with potholes or general maintenance. There seems to have been some structural anomaly - perhaps some sort of geological fault or an old mineshaft. Clearly, it's a concern that this has happened on a busy motorway that leads to and from the coast. Engineers will want to deal with this as soon as possible. If the stretch of motorway stays shut it will cause traffic problems, but safety must come first."
ITV News initially reported the hole as being 50 feet deep; this claim was later revised. This is the second sinkhole to make the news in the U.K. Last week it was reported that a sinkhole measuring 30 feet deep has opened up on the driveway of a house in High Wycombe and swallowed a car.
A drive along the M2 is normally uneventful, with only glimpses of the Kent countryside to contend with, as this video shows:
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