M20 junction pro­ject de­layed

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Planning For The Future -

A re­port on the pro­posed new junction off the M20 in Ash­ford re­veals that the pro­ject has been de­layed.

A progress re­port for the new junction 10a scheme will be given by Highways Eng­land at next Tues­day’s Ash­ford Joint Trans­porta­tion Board meet­ing.

Plans in­clude build­ing two bridges and a new round­about over the M20 ap­prox­i­mately 700 me­tres east of the ex­ist­ing junction 10, as well as a new link road to the A2070.

The pro­posal also in­cludes los­ing the two south­ern slip roads off junction 10.

It is hoped that the de­liv­ery of ex­tra ca­pac­ity - at what will be called junction 10a - will re­lieve the ex­ist­ing busy junction 10 (the Wil­liam Har­vey Hos­pi­tal turn-off) and cater for the town’s fu­ture needs.

Fund­ing of £20 mil­lion has been se­cured from the South East Lo­cal En­ter­prise Part­ner­ship – a re­gional group made up of busi­ness rep­re­sen­ta­tives, lo­cal gov­ern­ment and coun­cil lead­ers.

The re­port, by Sal­va­tore Zap­pala from Highways Eng­land, re­leased ahead of the meet­ing, states: “The traf­fic mod­el­ling has been com­pleted and we are cur­rently re­vis­it­ing the scheme de­sign to give us the best value for money op­tion.

“It is im­por­tant that each new junction on the re­vised road sys­tem cre­ates as lit­tle con­ges­tion as pos­si­ble both for fu­ture road users and also be­cause this in­flu­ences the eco­nomic ap­praisal we have to carry out to jus­tify mak­ing this in­vest­ment of public funds.”

The re­port also adds that the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion for the de­vel­op­ment at Sev­ing­ton - to cre­ate ware­houses on farm­land - is run­ning par­al­lel to the junction 10a pro­ject.

It adds: “Although the two pro­cesses are sep­a­rate we con­tinue to work closely to­gether.

“Is­sues around the ru­ral lanes and their re­la­tion­ship to the Sev­ing­ton de­vel­op­ment will be tack­led as part of the Sev­ing­ton plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion process.

“The de­sign work be­ing car­ried out has led to the pro­ject pro­gramme be­ing put back.”

It was hoped that a public con­sul­ta­tion on the pro­ject would be car­ried out this sum­mer, but this has been de­layed un­til late au­tumn now.

If all ap­proved, a start date on the site is es­ti­mated for early 2018, with about 18 months con­struc­tion pe­riod.

Pic­ture: Paul Amos FM3718807

Traf­fic sig­nals at the Junction 10 M20 round­about

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