Press release

Improved journeys on the M20 near Ashford, Kent

Work starts tonight on two schemes on the M20 between Maidstone and Hythe in Kent to provide drivers with safe and reliable journeys.


Sections of the London bound M20 between junction 9 (Ashford) and junction 8 (Leeds Castle) will be improved to increase the skid resistance of the existing surface. It will involve two weeks of overnight closures.

A slope, near to the village of Smeeth, between junction 10 (Willesborough) and junction 11 (Hythe) will be stabilised to reduce the likelihood of a landslip. The work will involve lane closures on the coastbound carriageway until Monday 15 December.

Highways Agency Asset Manager Kevin Bown said:

Safety is a top priority for the Highways Agency; these schemes will provide safe and reliable journeys for the tens of thousands of drivers that use the M20 each day. We have planned the work to be carried out overnight, when traffic flows are lowest, to minimise disruption.

The work will be carried out overnight, between 8pm and 6am.

The London bound M20 will be closed between junctions 9 and 8 overnight for two weeks from Monday 20 October. A fully signed diversion will be in place via the A20.

One lane will be closed will be in place on the coastbound M20 between junctions 10 and 11 each night from Monday 20 October until Saturday 26 October. One lane will be closed and a 50mph speed limit 24/7 from Monday 27 October until Sunday 14 December.

To install and remove a temporary barrier, two lanes and the coastbound entry slip road at junction 10 will be closed overnight on Sunday 26 October and on Monday 15 December.

General enquiries

Members of the public should contact the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000.

Media enquiries

Journalists should contact the Highways Agency press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.

Published 21 October 2014