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News | M20 team take to the road ahead of major milestone for new motorway junction

Date Posted: 7th January 2019

The Highways England team building a new motorway junction for Ashford in Kent are meeting communities across the town ahead of major work to install new motorway bridges being carried out this month.

Highways England is creating a brand new motorway junction for Ashford – the M20 junction 10A – and will install the major components of two new bridges over two weekends in January. The bridges will form the two sides of the new junction roundabout, carrying traffic over the motorway.

By visiting three busy locations across the town over five days, people living and working in Ashford will be able to learn all about the M20 junction10a Improvement scheme, and the work to install the new bridges.

Tom Selby, M20 J10A project manager, Highways England, said:

"Building this new junction is a huge job, and we are working hard to keep local people up to date about our progress and what our work will mean for them."

"Taking our mobile exhibition van out on the road offers an excellent opportunity to get into the communities we are working alongside, so we can speak with people to explain the work we are doing and the benefits it will bring for them, their town and this region."

The junction bridges will be installed over two weekends this month.

The steel beams for the East Interchange Bridge will be installed between 10pm on Friday 11th January and 6am on Monday 14th January. The steel beams for the West Interchange Bridge will be installed in a similar operation from 10pm on Friday 25th January to 6am on Monday 28th January.

On both weekends the M20 will be closed in both directions between junction 9-11 eastbound and westbound between junction 11-10. A clearly signed diversion will be in place directing westbound traffic via the M20, A29, A2, M2, A249. The eastbound diversion will follow the M25, A2, M2, A20 and M20.

The creation of the new junction is a £104m project that will unlock job-creating developments, improve journeys, and open the door to further inward economic investment for communities along the M20. It will also relieve pressure of the existing junction 10, reducing congestion on both the M20 and local roads.

In January, the mobile exhibition unit visited:

  • William Harvey Hospital on Friday 4 January.
  • Ashford Town Centre on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 January.
  • John Wesley Primary school, Ashford on Monday 7 and Tuesday 8 January.

People can stay up to date with the latest information by subscribing to updates on the project's webpage https://highwaysengland.co.uk/projects/m20-junction-10a/

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