The hole has appeared on the A283 underneath a railway bridge in Station Road, Pulborough.
Drivers are warned to avoid the area and the local parish council and residents have been advised that the hole is being treated as an ‘emergency’. The authorities are adding that there is likely to be disruption in the area.
A Pulborough Parish Council spokesperson has said in a statement to residents: “Your safety is our top priority, and we’ve taken immediate action by notifying both county highways and Sussex Police. They are aware of the situation and are treating it as an emergency.
“Please be aware that addressing this issue may cause disruptions in the area while the authorities work to resolve it. Councillor Paul Clarke has already visited the site and alerted the necessary contractors.
“We kindly ask for your understanding that neither the parish council staff, Horsham district neighbourhood wardens nor your councillors can further intervene in this matter.