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Highways England has announced that a consultation will be launched on Thursday 14 January on proposals to build a new junction on the M20 near Ashford.
A new junction is proposed approximately 700 metres east of the existing junction 10 near Ashford in Kent. The new junction will use two bridges and connect to the existing A20 and a new dual carriageway link road built to the A2070 near Sevington.
The 9 week consultation will launch on Thursday 14 January and will close at midnight on Thursday 17 March 2016.
Highways England project manager Salvatore Zappala said:
The new junction on the M20 will provide additional capacity for the Ashford area and reduce the congestion at the existing junction 10, which is already at its design capacity. A new junction will unlock the potential for future growth in the Ashford area.
We will be holding a series of public exhibitions and I advise anyone interested in finding out more to come and talk to us. It is important that we hear from the public and I urge those interested in the scheme to fill in the consultation questionnaire before Thursday 17 March.
Public exhibitions are being held in Ashford, where members of the Highways England project team will be on hand to answer questions.
The public exhibitions will be held:
|Thursday 21 January||The New Ashford Market, Monument Way, Orbital Park, Ashford, Kent, TN24 0HB||midday to 8pm|
|Friday 22 January||The New Ashford Market, Monument Way, Orbital Park, Ashford, Kent, TN24 0HB||10am to 8pm|
|Saturday 23 January||The New Ashford Market, Monument Way, Orbital Park, Ashford, Kent, TN24 0HB||9.30am to 3.30pm|
|Wednesday 3 February||ASDA Ashford, Kimberley Way, Ashford, Kent, TN24 0SE||11am to 3pm|
|Wednesday 10 February||Ashford Designer Outlet, Kimberley Way, Ashford, Kent, TN24 0SD||11am to 3pm|
Members of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.
Journalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.