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London-bound M20 closing between Ashford and Maidstone, Junctions 9 to 8


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The M20 is closing from 9pm today for the second successive night.

This is for London-bound traffic, until 6am tomorrow, and is between Ashford and Maidstone.

A section of the M20 is closing again from tonight.
A section of the M20 is closing again from tonight.

It is being done so maintenance work can be carried out.

Like last night the section between Junctions 9 and 8 will be closed while barrier maintenance and carriageway repairs are carried out.

It affects part of the motorway that is under Operation Brock, which sees the coast-bound carriageway closed to regular traffic and uses a contraflow system on the London-bound side.

A Highways England spokesman confirmed that coastbound traffic would still be able to use its side of the contraflow.

All vehicles heading towards London will need to follow a diversion, via the A20.

Motorists and motorcyclists should exit at Junction 9 onto the A20 and re-join the M20 at Junction 8, near Leeds Castle.

A low bridge at Harrietsham, which has a height restriction of 15ft 6in (4.7m), means that over-height vehicles must turn around at Junction 9 and head back on the M20 to Junction 13.

They should then join the A20 towards Dover, before joining the London-bound A2.

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