On 1 December 2017, the Secretary of State approved the Development Consent Order, which came into force 22 December 2017.
The approval means that we can complete the following to prepare for construction to start:
- we are finishing the final details of the design
- we will soon issue a ‚ÄėNotice to Proceed‚Äô to the contractor, Vinci, which will give them consent to start construction
- we will prepare the necessary evidence for the Secretary of State Applications to Discharge DCO Requirements
- Highways England will complete acquiring land/rights to land for construction via agreements via negotiations, Article 31 Notices, Licences and General Vesting Declaration as detailed in the DCO
Once the above are completed, we will commence works on site. The first activities are mainly preparing the site for main construction activities including ecological mitigation works and vegetation clearance.
|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|
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 ‚Äúpreferred route‚ÄĚ, 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‚Äôt 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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