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Ashford: A HGV fuel spillage causes large delays on the M20

By Charlie Harman

An HGV fuel spillage in roadworks on the M20 caused miles of tailbacks.

Drivers say four miles of traffic was queuing between junctions 9 and 8 after a lorry hit a temporary works barrier just after 1pm.

The incident, which caused a single lane closure, occurred on the M20 London-bound carriageway.

There is heavy traffic on the M20 following the spillage. Picture: Steve Salter
There is heavy traffic on the M20 following the spillage. Picture: Steve Salter

Highways England has introduced the roadworks on the stretch as it is working on a temporary solution to help avoid the need to activate Operation Stack on the M20.

The works, costing £25 million, will allow for two-way travel on the London-bound carriageway between junctions 8 and 9 from March 2019 at periods of extraordinary cross-Channel disruption.

Narrow lanes and a 50mph speed restriction are in place while construction is carried out. Work began in July.

Drivers should expect 15 minute delays on the route. Picture: Steve Salter
Drivers should expect 15 minute delays on the route. Picture: Steve Salter

All lanes have since re-opened, but a 15 minute delay is still to be expected by drivers.

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