Work could begin within months
If given the green light, Highways England expects the work to be completed by May 2020. Spokesman Jack Tappin said the plans would help junction 10, which is already at capacity.
He said: “The new junction will provide additional capacity for the Ashford area – it will support the delivery for future growth.
“We are also improving facilities for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders by upgrading one footbridge and adding another over the M20 to link various routes.
“This will boost the local economy by providing additional capacity for planned developments around Ashford. If the secretary of state gives consent, we plan to commence the scheme before the end of the 2017-18 financial year.”
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Traffic on the M20 between Junctions 9 and 10