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Gridlock along A20 after M20 closure between Ashford and Hythe

By Jack Dyson

Motorists are experiencing long delays following the closure of the M20.

Highways England shut the coastbound stretch between Junction 9 towards Ashford and 11 for Hythe at 10pm last night to allow for the installation of a new bridge at Junction 10a.

The London-bound carriageway between Junctions 11 and 10 will also be closed and neither of them will reopen until 6am on Monday morning.

There are long tailbacks following the closure of part of the M20. Pic: Amanda Street (6469574)
There are long tailbacks following the closure of part of the M20. Pic: Amanda Street (6469574)

Gridlock is being reported along the A20, and this has been worsened by temporary traffic lights along the route in Sellindge.

Highways England says "a lot of drivers" are travelling through there, despite the official diversion being through the M2 and A2.

It tweeted: "The #M20 is closed this weekend between J9 - J11 coast/eastbound and J11 - J10 London/westbound.

There have been long delays along the A20. Pic: Amanda Street (6469564)
There have been long delays along the A20. Pic: Amanda Street (6469564)

"We are receiving reports of a lot of congestion on the A20. Our official diversion route is to use the A2 and the M2. For further advice please call us on 0300 123 5000."

Motorists have taken to social media to voice their frustration with the gridlock.

Amanda Street, who lives in Lourdes Manor Close in Sellindge, says lorries lined the road through the village.

"The traffic was manic this morning going through the village," said the 52-year-old.

"There was one lorry after another and the traffic wasn’t moving."

Watch to find out more about the roadworks

Stagecoach has announced the number 10 bus route will not be stopping at Greenfields and terminating at the William Harvey Hospital because of the congestion.

Later this month, the west gyratory bridge will be installed, meaning the M20 will be closed again from January 25 to 28 over the same time period.

The bridges will form the two sides of the new junction roundabout, carrying traffic over the motorway.

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