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M20 reopens after bridge work completed

The M20 has now fully reopened in both directions after work to install a new bridge was completed early.

The motorway was closed between junctions 8 and 11 and had not been due to reopen until 10am on Sunday.

The London bound carriageway opened over 6 hours earlier than anticipated at 3.30am this morning and the coast bound carriageway opening an hour after.

The M20 has reopened ahead of schedule (5594742)
The M20 has reopened ahead of schedule (5594742)

The closure was in place to allow for the installation of the new Kingsford Street bridge, which replaces Highfield Lane bridge, and connects Kingsford Street to the A20 Hythe Road.

The new bridge, which is designed for pedestrians, cyclists and equestrians, is set to open next summer. The existing Highfield Lane bridge is scheduled to be demolished next year, following the installation of East and West Gyratory Bridges which form the new Junction 10a.

The closure came days after the stretch between Junction 4 for Leybourne and Junction 6 at Blue Bell Hill was shut so the Teapot Lane footbridge in Aylesford could be replaced.

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