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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Replacement model for sinkhole car owner

A teenager whose car was swallowed by a 30ft deep sinkhole in her driveway has been given a replacement by motoring website Auto Trader.

The sinkhole that swallowed the car in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, earlier this month. Credit: PA

Zoe Smith's prized Volkswagen Lupo disappeared into the 15-foot wide crater that opened up in her family's home in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, earlier this month.

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"It is very surreal when you wake up and find your car has fallen through a big hole in the driveway," the 19-year-old said. "I never expected anyone to get in touch and offer us a new car."

She was invited to choose a replacement Lupo and Auto Trader met the £2,200 cost.

Zoe Smith, whose car was swallowed by a sinkhole with her new car after a motoring website bought her a replacement. Credit: PA/Auto Trader

Jon Quirk, editor in chief at Auto Trader, said: "Everyone loves their first car, so when we heard the terrible news of Zoe's Lupo disappearing into the ground we really wanted to purchase her a replacement."

Section of M2 remains closed after sinkhole appeared

A section of the M2 motorway will remain closed in both directions tonight after a large hole appeared in the central reservation yesterday.

Sinkhole leads to motorway closure. Credit: Highways Agency

The Highways Agency said the hard shoulder will be opened to motorists tomorrow morning.

A spokesman said: "It is hoped the hard shoulder will reopen in both directions by 6am tomorrow morning. Traffic heading to and from Dover is still advised to continue using the M20."

The hole has been filled with 40 tonnes of pea shingle before a further assessment takes place, which is likely to take at least another 48 hours, he added.

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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
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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.

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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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