Num­ber of M20 crashes stack up

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - FRONT PAGE -

Last week’s crash on the M20 was one of four ma­jor ac­ci­dents to oc­cur on the mo­tor­way near Maid­stone in Novem­ber alone.

On Novem­ber 8, the out­side lane of the Lon­don-bound car­riage­way was blocked be­tween Junc­tion 6 for Blue Bell Hill and Junc­tion 5 for Ayles­ford be­fore the eight-car pile-up on the even­ing of Novem­ber 13.

Just three days later, there was an­other se­ri­ous smash in the op­po­site di­rec­tion when a car and a lorry col­lided on the coast­bound car­riage­way be­tween junc­tions 5 and 6, caus­ing three hours of de­lays.

Then there was chaos through­out the morn­ing rush last Fri­day af­ter a col­li­sion at the round­about near junc­tion 5 in­volv­ing a car and a moped which sparked long de­lays.

The in­ci­dents have co­in­cided with a num­ber of road projects tak­ing place along the mo­tor­way, which con­nects Lon­don and Dover.

Fur­ther up the M20, near Ash­ford, there was nearly 50 ac­ci­dents in just one month, where the car­riage­ways had been nar­rowed to two lanes in or­der to al­low road­works to take place.

Off the back of this, High­ways Eng­land faced calls to re­view its man­age­ment of the works but bosses in­sisted none of the se­ri­ous in­ci­dents were caused by the de­sign of the traf­fic man­age­ment road lay­out.

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