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M20 overnight closures J7 to J9 plans announced

Hundreds of stationary HGVs queueing on the M20 (archive image of Operation Stack)

Highways England plans to deploy the moveable barrier contraflow on the M20 between J8 (Maidstone) and J9 (Ashford) starting Sunday 27th December. The M20 will be closed for up to 12 hours in both directions on the nights of Sunday 27th and Monday 28th December, starting at 22.00 each night. The coastbound carriageway will be closed between J7 to J9, and London bound between J9 to J8. Highways England will reopen the M20 by 10.00 the following morning. However, once open there will be speed restrictions in place of 30MPH for HGVs, and 50MPH for other traffic.

"The contraflow, which will allow port-bound freight to queue safely while the M20 remains open to all other traffic in both directions, is one element of a wider Kent plan known as Operation Brock that will manage disruption and help keep Kent's roads open" said Highways England. The contraflow plans for traffic management around Kent involve the M20, A20, A249, M2 and A2. Further details of these complex closure plans, updates, timings and and maps of diversion routes are available online.

Posted: Sat, 19 Dec 2020 20:19 by Parish Admin

Tags: A2, A20, A2070, A292, Highways England, Kent Resilience Forum, M2, M20, Operation Brock, Operation Stack