M20 junction 10a

A new junction 10a and link road to the A2070.

Region:  South East
Start date:  2017/18
Cost:  ÂŁ104.4 million
Status:  CURRENT
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  2018/19
Programme:  

Progress report

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 – Carefully planned site clearance with a focus on ecology. Haul road created for utilities.
  • Phase 2 – 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 –The placing of the bridge beams and deck on the main gyratory and the construction of the balancing ponds.
  • Phase 4 – Work to complete the link road between the new junction 10a and the A2070.

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Timeline

Event Date
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

A2070 contra-flow installation

In order for construction works on the new A2070 roundabout to take place, all traffic on the existing A2070 between Barrey Road and the Junction 10 roundabout will travel on what is presently the northbound carriageway.

Southbound traffic will travel from the M20 J10 roundabout and will join the northbound carriageway for 400 metres and will re-join the existing southbound carriageway near the Barrey Road junction. For southbound traffic there will be no access to Barrey Road during this contra-flow. Barrey Road can be accessed via the Orbital roundabout and onto the northbound carriageway.

The traffic management arrangements for this contra-flow will be set up during an overnight closure of the A2070 from Wednesday 18 to Thursday 19 July 2018. The A2070 will be closed from the Orbital Park roundabout to the M20 roundabout in both directions. A diversion through Ashford Town centre to junction 9 via the A2070 and A2042 will be in place.

A manned and gated access to local residents, businesses and emergency services off Barrey Road and Church Road eastwards from the A2070 will be provided during this road closure. This will include the Outlet Park and residential roads to the south of the Old Mill Stream.

If the work is unable to take place on the date mentioned above, there is a contingency plan for the contra-flow to be installed the following night (19/20 July 2018). It is the intention that residents and businesses would be notified accordingly if this were to occur.

For full details of the closure dates and times, see the Planned Roadworks section below.

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 “preferred route”, 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 won’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.

Aims

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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Project timeline

Planned roadworks

Roadworks and Events for England

The latest incident information for England's motorway and trunk routes provided by Highways England

Location : The M20 westbound between junctions J11 and J10 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder and lane 1 are closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 18:00 on 14 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There is one of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 16, 2018, 6:50 am
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J9 and J11 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder and lane 1 are closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 18:00 on 14 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There is one of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 15, 2018, 12:07 pm
Location : The M20 westbound between junctions J12 and J11 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 19 July 2018 to 06:00 on 20 July 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 13, 2018, 12:20 pm
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J11 and J12 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 19 July 2018 to 06:00 on 20 July 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 13, 2018, 12:20 pm
Location : The M20 westbound between junctions J11 and J10 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 16 July 2018 to 06:00 on 18 March 2019.
Posted: July 13, 2018, 12:11 pm
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J9 and J11 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 16 July 2018 to 06:00 on 18 March 2019.
Posted: July 13, 2018, 12:11 pm
Location : The M20 westbound between junctions J11 and J10 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 16 July 2018 to 5 October 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 9 October 2018 to 12 October 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 16 October 2018 to 18 March 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 13, 2018, 12:10 pm
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J9 and J11 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 16 July 2018 to 5 October 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 9 October 2018 to 12 October 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 16 October 2018 to 18 March 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 13, 2018, 12:10 pm
Location : The M20 westbound between junctions J10 and J9 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 19 July 2018 to 21 July 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 30 July 2018 to 1 August 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: July 12, 2018, 5:04 am
Location : The M20 westbound between junctions J9 and J7 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 19 July 2018 to 21 July 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 30 July 2018 to 1 August 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: July 12, 2018, 5:04 am
Location : The A2070 southbound between the junctions with the M20 and the A2042 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 18 July 2018 to 20 July 2018. Schedule : From 00:02 on 29 October 2018 to 23:59 on 30 October 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: July 9, 2018, 7:31 am
Location : The A2070 northbound between the junctions with the A2042 and the M20 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 20:00 on 18 July 2018. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: July 9, 2018, 7:31 am
Location : The A2070 southbound between the junctions with the M20 and the A2042 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 20:00 on 18 July 2018. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: July 9, 2018, 7:31 am
Location : The A2070 northbound between the junctions with the A2042 and the M20 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 18 July 2018 to 20 July 2018. Schedule : From 00:02 on 29 October 2018 to 23:59 on 30 October 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: July 9, 2018, 7:31 am
Location : The A2070 southbound between the junctions with the M20 and the A2042 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 04:00 on 16 June 2018 to 06:00 on 1 May 2020.
Posted: July 5, 2018, 9:34 am
Location : The M20 westbound between junctions J11 and J10 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 14:41 on 4 May 2018 to 18:00 on 14 January 2020.
Posted: July 5, 2018, 9:34 am
Location : The M20 westbound between junctions J10 and J9 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 8 July 2018 to 06:00 on 30 July 2018.
Posted: July 5, 2018, 9:34 am
Location : The A2070 northbound between the junctions with the A2042 and the M20 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 04:00 on 16 June 2018 to 06:00 on 1 May 2020.
Posted: July 5, 2018, 9:34 am
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J9 and J11 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 14:41 on 4 May 2018 to 18:00 on 14 January 2020.
Posted: July 5, 2018, 9:34 am

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