M20 junctions 3 to 5: smart motorwayRecently updated

We are improving the busy 6.5 mile (10.5km) stretch of the M20 between Junction 3 at West Malling and Junction 5 at Aylesford by upgrading it to an All-Lane Running (ALR) smart motorway.

Region:  South East
Start date:  March 2018
Cost:  £92.17 million
Status:  PLANNED
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  January 2020
Programme:  

Progress report

We are currently designing the smart motorway scheme on M20 junctions 3-5 following the government’s announcement of this scheme in 2015. We have been carrying out a range of surveys and assessment work to give us information about traffic volumes and the local environment. We have also been working with local authorities and technical stakeholders so we can consider their views. This information is helping us to develop the best design solution to meet the aims we have for this scheme.

What next?

We are currently organising Public Information Exhibitions (PIEs), where you will be able to learn more about Smart Motorways, our plans for the M20 in particular, and meet members of the Project Teams. Details of the forthcoming Public Information Exhibitions are as follows:
Date Time Location
15 September 2017 3pm to 9pm Ryarsh Village Hall, Birling Road, Ryarsh, Kent, ME19 5LS.
16 September 2017 10am to 5pm Trottiscliffe Village Hall, Church Lane, Trottiscliffe, Kent, ME19 5EB.
22 September 2017 3pm to 9pm Community Hall, Capel Morris Centre, Hall Road, Royal British Legion Village, Aylesford, Kent, ME20 7NL.
23 September 2017 10am to 5pm Community Hall, Capel Morris Centre, Hall Road, Royal British Legion Village, Aylesford, Kent, ME20 7NL.

Why we need this scheme

The M20 is a crucial part of the UK strategic road network connecting Dover, Folkestone and the Channel Tunnel to the M25 and M26 motorways, and routes into London. This stretch of the M20 is heavily used by cars and freight to and from the Port of Dover and the popular Kent coastal areas, especially during holiday seasons when traffic increases and congestion on the motorway occurs. Our key issues that need to be improved on the scheme include: safety, congestion and journey times. A large number of cars and freight travel between London and the Port of Dover, this often leads to significant congestion. This scheme is of considerable local and national economic and political importance. There is likely to be some specific information about travelling to and from the Port of Dover, as well as diversion routes announcements in the coming months. This will include information about Operation Stack and about the impending Lorry Park in the region. Operation Stack is a procedure employed by Kent Police and the Port of Dover, to park lorries on the M20 motorway in Kent when services across the English Channel, such as those through the Channel Tunnel or from the Port of Dover, are disrupted, for example by bad weather, industrial action, fire or derailments in the tunnel.

Aims

The aims of this scheme are to improve:
  • safety
  • congestion
  • journey times

The scheme in detail

The M20 J3-5 Smart Motorway scheme will add further road space by converting the hard shoulder to a permanent running lane with additional traffic monitoring, Emergency Refuge Areas (ERAs) and variable speed message signs. The work will include:
  • four permanent running lanes in each direction for the majority of the scheme, created by conversion of the hard shoulder
  • redefined junction layouts to accommodate lane gain and lane drop
  • new and refurbished gantries with variable message signs and 10 refurbished message signs
  • 5 new Emergency Refuge Areas and installation of new Emergency Roadside Telephones (SOS) and CCTV cameras to improve emergency service response times
  • a hardened central reserve with a new rigid concrete barrier
  • replacement of the Teapot Lane Footbridge deck at Aylesford to accommodate the hardshoulder conversion to a running lane
  • replacing existing noise barriers in built-up areas and installing new barriers where necessary
Construction During the construction phase of the scheme, roadworks will be needed along this section of the M20 between junctions 3 and 5. It is anticipated that narrow lanes traffic management, temporary concrete safety barriers and speed restrictions will be put in place. In addition, junction layouts may be temporarily altered to allow for resurfacing and improvement. There will be temporary closures of the carriageways at night on some occasions. In these instances, all updates and diversions will be clearly available and published in the appropriate section of the scheme’s webpage. Clearly signed diversions will be put in place where the work is being carried out.

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Planned roadworks

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Location : The M20 westbound between junctions J3 and J1 . Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 16:00 from 19 October 2017 to 20 October 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 16:00 from 23 October 2017 to 27 October 2017.
Posted: October 18, 2017, 3:20 pm
Location : The M20 westbound between junctions J3 and J1 . Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 16:00 from 19 October 2017 to 3 November 2017.
Posted: October 18, 2017, 3:00 pm
Location : The M2 westbound between junctions J3 and J2 . Lane Closures : Lane four will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 19 October 2017 to 06:00 on 20 October 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes closed.
Posted: October 18, 2017, 2:00 pm
Location : The A2 westbound between the M2 and the junction with the A2260 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 18 October 2017 to 06:00 on 20 October 2017.
Posted: October 18, 2017, 9:21 am
Location : The A2 westbound between the M2 and the junction with the A2260 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2, 3 and 4 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 19 October 2017 to 06:00 on 20 October 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be three of four lanes closed.
Posted: October 18, 2017, 9:21 am
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J8 and J9 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 18 October 2017 to 06:00 on 19 October 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: October 18, 2017, 9:21 am
Location : The M26 eastbound between the M25 and junction J2A . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Litter clearance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 23 October 2017 to 05:00 on 24 October 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: October 18, 2017, 9:21 am
Location : The A2 westbound between the M2 and the junction with the A2260 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 18 October 2017 to 06:00 on 19 October 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: October 18, 2017, 9:21 am
Location : The M20 westbound between junctions J9 and J6 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 19 October 2017 to 21 October 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 23 October 2017 to 28 October 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 30 October 2017 to 4 November 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 6 November 2017 to 11 November 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 18, 2017, 9:21 am
Location : The M20 westbound between junctions J8 and J5 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 18 October 2017 to 06:00 on 19 October 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 18, 2017, 9:21 am
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J8 and J9 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 18 October 2017 to 21 October 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 23 October 2017 to 26 October 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: October 18, 2017, 9:21 am
Location : The M20 westbound entry slip at junction J2 . Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 23:00 on 20 October 2017 to 05:00 on 21 October 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 18, 2017, 9:21 am
Location : The M26 eastbound between the M25 and junction J2A . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Litter clearance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 24 October 2017 to 05:00 on 25 October 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: October 18, 2017, 9:21 am
Location : The M20 westbound exit slip at junction J7 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 18 October 2017 to 06:00 on 19 October 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 18, 2017, 9:21 am
Location : The M26 eastbound between the M25 and junction J2A . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency litter clearance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 19 October 2017 to 05:00 on 20 October 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: October 18, 2017, 9:21 am

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