As part of the improvement works for the construction of junction 10a scheme, weâ€™ve started to build the new motorway gyratory over the M20. This gyratory will comprise two bridges known as the East and West Interchange Bridges.
We successfully installed the East Interchange Bridge earlier this month and we want to thank you for your patience during this closure.
Weâ€™re planning to install the steel beams for the West Interchange Bridge during a closure of the M20 between Friday 25 January and Monday 28 January 2019. A mobile crane will be set up to place these beams onto the reinforced concrete supports either side of the motorway.
To help plan your journey you can find more information about the closure and diversion in the section below.
|2008||Preferred route consultation|
|March 2010||Preferred route announcement|
|March 2016||Have your say|
|July 2016||Planning application submitted|
|January 2018||Start of works|
|Summer 2020||End of works|
Installation of steel beams for the East and West Interchange Bridges
As part of the improvement works, a new motorway gyratory is being built over the M20. This will comprise two bridges, known as the East and West Interchange Bridges. The installation of the steel beams for the bridges is planned for January 2019 and will involve some weekend closures of the M20.
Signposted diversions will be provided around the closed portion of the motorway between junction 9 and 11 coast bound and junction 11 and 10 London bound. Signage will be provided on the M20, M25 and M26 to encourage through traffic to be diverted well away from the Ashford region. Please refrain from using satellite navigation systems while on a diversion route.
We're required whenever possible to work at times that cause the least disruption to our roads. Unfortunately, this means carrying out some work during the night. The equipment we use means some disturbance is unavoidable, but we'll make every effort to minimise noise.
The installation marks another significant milestone for the project and we'd like to thank you for your continued support.
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 the following:
- a new roundabout over the motorway
- new slip roads
- a new link road to the A2070 Bad Munstereifel Road, with traffic signals on parts of the junction and two 3-lane bridges
- removal of the east facing slip roads at the existing junction 10
- A20 Hythe Road incorporated in the new junction so that the traffic in both directions can travel via the new roundabout
- a new pedestrian and cycle bridge over the M20 from Kingsford Street to the A20, demolishing the existing Highfield Lane Bridge
- replacement of Church Road footbridge over the A2070
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.
AimsThe 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
Project media files and documents
M20 Junction 10a statement of community consultation
M20 DCO Requirements Register
M20 Junction 10a Start of Works boards and banners
M20 Junction 10a scheme postcard
M20 Junction 10a - Frequently Asked Questions
M20 Junction 10a - Public Consultation Report (2009)
M20 Junction 10a - Preferred Route Announcement leaflet (2010)
Kingsford Street Bridge Installation banner
Roadworks and Events for England
The latest incident information for England's motorway and trunk routes provided by Highways England
Breaking News: Traffic Information
The latest current breaking news items for England's motorway network