April 20 2014 Latest news:
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Commuter chaos as road could be closed for up to 24-hours
There is chaos on the M2 after the Highways Agency and police closed the road in both directions after reports of a 15ft deep hole opening in the road.
Initially, the agency said it was 15 metres deep, but then issued a correction.
The sink hole is in the central reservation between junctions five at Stockbury and six at Faversham and measures approximately 5m by 2m and 15ft deep.
Emergency road repairs are already being carried out but there are fears that the road could be closed for 24-hours causing commuter chaos.
Motorists heading on the coastbound carriageway are being diverted off at junction five and on to the A249 south to the M20 (junction seven).
They should then leave the M20 at junction eight before taking the A20 east to Charing and join the A252 north.
When reaching Challock, motorists should take the A251 north to junction six to rejoin the M2 at Faversham.
London-bound drivers should take the same route in reverse.
The diversions are marked with solid black square.
A Highways Agency spokesman said: “The hole near Lynsted is approximately 15ft in depth, not 15 metres as we previously stated.
“Our engineers are on site carrying out an investigation and this includes the cause of the hole.
“Our contractors are working hard to investigate the hole and the necessary repairs and will reopen lanes as soon as it is safe to do so.”