The installation of the of the overhead gantries were successfully installed over the weekend of 2 - 5 August. We also successfully installed mastic on the new bridges and carried out inspection works on the Kingsford Street footbridge.
Weâ€™ll continue to make improvements to this area. This will include:
- building the slip roads for the new junction 10a
- Highfield Lane Bridge demolition
To enable the demolition works of the Highfield Lane Bridge, the M20 will be closed from:
- Friday 6 - Monday 9 September: M20 junctions 9 -11 in both directions, starting 8pm Friday, finishing 6am Monday
- As a contingency plan the following date will be used if required: Friday 13 â€“ Monday 16 September (Starting 8pm Friday, finishing, 6am Monday)
View a plan of the upcoming works.
|2008||Preferred route consultation|
|March 2010||Preferred route announcement|
|March 2016||Have your say|
|July 2016||Planning application submitted|
|January 2018||Start of works|
|Autumn 2019||Open for traffic|
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
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