M2 dene hole: Work to be 'complete by Thursday'

Hole in central reservation Image copyright Highways Agency
Image caption The cavity is believed to be a "dene hole", a man-made hole left by chalk excavation hundreds of years ago

A stretch of the M2 in Kent which was closed after a 15ft-deep (4m) hole appeared is set to fully reopen on Thursday, the Highways Agency has said.

The road was closed in both directions between junction five at Stockbury and junction six at Faversham last Tuesday. One lane remains shut.

The cavity is thought to be a "dene hole", a man-made hole left by chalk excavation hundreds of years ago.

Wet weather is thought to have contributed to its appearance.

The hole was filled in when the M2 was built but recent weather contributed to the destabilisation of the ground, a Highways Agency spokesman said.

'Patience and cooperation'

Resurfacing work is due to take place on Tuesday and Wednesday night, and two lanes - lane one and the hard shoulder - are currently open in each direction.

Lane two, currently closed in both directions, is set to reopen on Thursday morning.

Simon Duke, the Highways Agency's asset delivery manager for Kent, thanked drivers for their "patience and cooperation".

"During the overnight work, the M2 will be closed between junctions 5 and 6 in both directions with a clearly signed diversion route in place," he said.

The work will start at 20:00 GMT and is due to be complete by 06:00 each morning.

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