Calm by­pass be­fore it be­came the M20

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The Folke­stone to Ash­ford sec­tion opened in 1982/3 with the Ash­ford to Maid­stone sec­tion open­ing in May 1991 but who re­mem­bers the Ash­ford sec­tion be­tween the

It may cause ag­gra­va­tion when it is con­gested but, whether we like it or not, the M20 gets us from A to B more of­ten in less time than the old A-roads.

As years pass though, I feel that the roads – in par­tic­u­lar mo­tor­ways – get more and more danger­ous and in the last few years there have been a large num­ber of ac­ci­dents. A20 at Willes­bor­ough (now Junc­tion 10) and the A20 at Maid­stone Road (now Junc­tion 9)

The Ash­ford sec­tion which was for­merly the old Ash­ford By­pass opened in 1957 and this week’s re­cently dis­cov­ered se­lec­tion shows just how much calmer things were in the days be­fore the mo­tor­way was built, thus link­ing Ash­ford with the big bad world of mo­tor­ing.

The pic­tures date from 1957 and Septem­ber 1973 show ?a barely recog­nis­able road

com­pared with to­day.

Have you any pho­to­graphs or slides that you would be will­ing to loan to me, to en­able them to be scanned for fea­ture in the Ken­tish Ex­press? Please don’t de­lay, get in touch!

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Ash­ford By­pass, 1973: Barely recog­nis­able to­day, this view was taken at the top of Hythe Road where the mo­tor­way now stands at the in­fa­mous Junc­tion 10. The for­mer dwellings at Lac­ton Way which were com­pul­so­rily pur­chased for the mo­tor­way can be seen on the right, with The Street, Willes­bor­ough, on the left. The Tesco su­per­mar­ket on the for­mer site of ‘Crooks­foot’ a beau­ti­ful de­tached dwelling which was blighted by the mo­tor­way, stands be­yond the trees on the right to­day.

Ash­ford By­pass, 1957: A far cry from the heav­ily used road we know to­day, here we can see the first driver to use the Ash­ford By­pass com­plete with ‘L’ plates be­ing pre­sented with a gift. The pic­ture was taken at the point of the Willes­bor­ough Wind­mill and shows lo­cal peo­ple con­gre­gat­ing for the happy event. The open­ing was con­ducted by then Trans­port Min­is­ter Harold Watkin­son MP. Were you there? Please get in touch!

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