A CAR park at Poole Hospital has been closed off after a sink hole emerged.

The parking facilities for the child development centre at the hospital is shut off while the incident is dealt with.

Details of the sink hole situation off Parkstone Road, which has been caused by a collapsed drain, has been posted online by University Hospitals Dorset, which oversees Poole Hospital.

The statement said: "Please be aware, the child development centre car park on our Poole Hospital site is currently close.

"This is due to a sink hole caused by a collapsed drain. We apologise for this inconvenience. Please allow additional time.

"You can display your blue badge to park in available spaces behind the centre."

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The hospital car park sink hole has come to light as a similar situation on the A35 continues to cause drivers longer journey times.

A pothole opened up on the A35 westbound, towards Dorchester, on Monday. After receiving reports of the surface defect, crews from Highways England attempted two fixes of the hole on Monday and Tuesday, both of which were unsuccessful.

On Tuesday afternoon, a sink hole opened up, forcing police to close the road between the A354 and B3150.

Yesterday, a geotechnical team from Highways England were out assessing the sink hole to determine what caused it.

The road will remain closed, with a 17-mile diversion in place, while investigations continue and a permanent repair has been carried out.