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|
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 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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