News | M20 near Ashford reopens 6 hours ahead of schedule
Date Posted: 25th November 2018
Highways England has confirmed the M20 between junctions 9 and 11 near Ashford has now fully reopened in both directions.
This follows a weekend closure of the M20 to install the new Kingford Street bridge. The motorway was due to remain closed until 10am today (Sunday), but the London bound carriageway opened over 6 hours earlier than anticipated at 3.30am this morning (Sunday 25 November) and the coast bound carriageway opening an hour after.
The closure was in place to allow for the installation of the new Kingsford Street bridge, which replaces Highfield Lane bridge, and connects Kingsford Street to the A20 Hythe Road.
The new bridge, which is designed for pedestrians, cyclists and equestrians, is set to open next summer. The existing Highfield Lane bridge is scheduled to be demolished next year, following the installation of East and West Gyratory Bridges which form the new Junction 10a.
Contractors working on the bridge would like to thank everyone for their patience this weekend while the installation was carried out.
This work has been carefully planned and agreed with Kent County Council, Medway Council and other local stakeholders.