M20 junction 10a

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A new junction 10a and link road to the A2070.

Scheme stats

Region:  South East
Start date:  January 2018
Cost:  £104.4 million
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  May 2020
Programme:  
Project status

M20 junction 10a

A new M20 junction 10a and link road to the A2070.

Progress report

We recently asked you to tell us what you thought of our proposals. We have recorded all your feedback and you’ll be able to view these in our Consultation Report. This will form part of our application for planning permission.

What next?

On 11 August 2016, the Planning Inspectorate accepted our application for a Development Consent Order. The acceptance means the application will proceed to examination. You can view the full application and find out more about the examination process on the Planning Inspectorate website. You can inspect a copy of the application free of charge at the following locations:
  • Ashford Borough Council, Civic Centre, Tannery Lane, Ashford, Kent, TN23 1PL, Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5pm
  • Highways England of Bridge House, 1 Walnut Tree Close, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 4LZ, Monday to Friday 7am to 7pm

Timeline

Event Date
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 “preferred route”, 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 crossing for cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders. The preferred route is protected from development. This means other organisations won’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.

Aims

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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