50ft hole closes motorway section

A 10-mile section of motorway in Kent has been closed in both directions after a huge, 50ft-deep hole appeared in the central reservation.

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Environment Agency monitors river levels in Kent

An Environment Agency team has been monitoring the level of the River Nailbourne near Patrixbourne in Kent.

There will be 'huge repair bill for roads' after floods

After a large hole opened up on a busy motorway a road expert has said it is 'a surprise' that it has not happened earlier and said there the costs of repairs to our roads after the recent severe weather will be 'huge'.

Professor Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC foundation, said: "We already have the most congested road network in Europe and our motorways carry a third of all traffic. This will have a major impact on a main route in and out of the country.

"The surprise is that something on this scale hasn't happened before yet everyday our highways are literally being undermined by the rain. When the deluge finally stops we will be left with a huge repair bill on roads across the country."

A large hole opened up on the M2.
A large hole opened up on the M2. Credit: Highways Agency



Highways Agency: M2 hole not as deep as first thought

A 15ft hole appeared in the central reservation of the M2 Credit: Highways Agency

The Highways Agency have confirmed that he hole on the M2, in the central reservation between junctions 5 and 6, near Lynsted is approximately 15 feet in depth, not 50 feet (15 metres) as previously stated.

Their engineers are on site carrying out an investigation and this includes the cause of the hole.

Emergency services lay flood defences

The Environment Agency and emergency services have tweeted pictures as the deploy flood defences and help people stranded by the rising water.


#EA protecting a property from flood risk in Bekesbourne, Kent #River Nailbourne using an inflatable boom #stay safe. http://t.co/Mk4TSbGe7S



50ft-deep hole closes 10-mile stretch of busy M2

A 10-mile section of a busy motorway has been closed in both directions after a huge, 50ft-deep hole appeared in the central reservation.

Long tailbacks built up after the M2 in north Kent was shut between junction 5 near Sittingbourne and junction 6 south of Faversham.

The Highways Agency said the hole measured 16ft (5m) by 6ft (2m) and was 50ft (15m) deep.

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