On 28 March 2018, we issued the Notice to Proceed to our contractor, Vinci JV. This has allowed them to begin the main construction of the scheme.
The notice means that we can complete the following:
- Phase 1 â€“ Carefully planned site clearance with a focus on ecology. Haul road created for utilities.
- Phase 2 â€“ Temporary diversion of the A20 to allow earthworks to be carried out for the new alignment. Work will start on the A2070 roundabout and construction elements of the new Junction 10a.
- Phase 3 â€“The placing of the bridge beams and deck on the main gyratory and the construction of the balancing ponds.
- Phase 4 â€“ Work to complete the link road between the new junction 10a and the A2070.
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|Preferred route consultation||2008|
|Preferred route announcement||March 2010|
|Have your say||March 2016|
|Planning application submitted||July 2016|
|Start of works||January 2018|
|End of works||May 2020|
Why we need this scheme
The M20 is an international route and is used by large volumes of heavy goods and holiday traffic. Long distance traffic from the M20, A20 and A2070 (south of Ashford) conflicts with local traffic from Hythe Road and Kennington Road.
We predict that the existing M20 junction 10 will suffer from congestion and long delays in the future if additional capacity is not created.
We have identified the scheme as essential to the future development of South Ashford. The recent improvements at junction 10, to increase the capacity and improve safety, will allow some development to go ahead but will not be sufficient for all of the proposed developments.
The scheme in detail
We announced our recommended design for this scheme, referred to as our â€śpreferred routeâ€ť, in 2010. When we decided on this route we took into account the feedback you gave us during our public consultation in 2008.
For the preferred route we will construct a new M20 junction 10A, 700 metres south east of junction 10. The new junction will include a roundabout over the motorway, new slip roads and a new link road to the A2070 Bad Munstereifel Road, with traffic signals on parts of the junction and two 3 lane bridges. We would remove the east facing slip roads at the existing junction 10.
We will incorporate the A20 Hythe Road in the new junction so that the traffic in both directions would travel via the new roundabout.
We would also construct a new pedestrian and cycle bridge over the M20 from Kingsford Street to the A20, demolishing the existing Highfield Lane Bridge. We would replace the Church Road footbridge with a new bridge for cyclists and pedestrians.
The preferred route is protected from development. This means other organisations wonâ€™t be able to make changes to the area before the scheme begins, eg utilities.
You can view our preferred route announcement leaflet. We have also produced a Scheme Assessment Report and Public Consultation Report, explaining the factors that determined the choice of the scheme. If you would like to receive a copy of these reports please use the contacts available.
The aims of this scheme are to:
- provide infrastructure to support development in the Ashford area
- help separate long distance traffic from local traffic
- reduce congestion and improve journey time reliability
- improve road safety
- improve noise and air quality for properties to the west of A2070
- provide safer crossings over the M20 for pedestrians and cyclists via a new footbridge
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