Gaping sink hole in Manchester causing commuter CHAOS

A SINK hole in Manchester is causing chaos for drivers as authorities have been forced to shut-off roads amid fears over driver safety.

Drivers are encouraged to avoid the Didsbury area after the cavernous hole opened up at around 5.30pm on Thursday.

The hole is located on the A5145, a major connecting route to the M60 and looks set to cause delays for hundreds of motorists entering the city.

One driver, who passed by at around 8pm on Thursday night, said the sink hole was about the same size as a car wheel.

The road itself remains closed with authorities worried about the possible danger to drivers.

Withington councillor John Leech, who also passed the hole, urged people to avoid the road.

He tweeted: "Sinkhole on Barlow Moor Road between Elm Road and Pine Road in Didsbury - try to avoid the road if you can. Bad traffic likely!"

As a result, the road closure has affected a number of bus routes.

Stagecoach said in a tweet that the numbers 23, 23A, 24 and 379 were being diverted via Palatine Rd and Lapwing Lane.

It is not known yet when the road will reopen.