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A20 in Ashford closed between Tesco Extra and Pilgrims Hospice until December


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A two-and-a-half month closure of the A20 in Ashford has begun, signalling the start of yet more disruption for drivers.

Kent County Council has shut the stretch between the Pilgrims Hospice and Tesco Extra in both directions to allow for the installation of traffic lights outside a new housing estate.

The road is set to remain closed until Wednesday, December 22
The road is set to remain closed until Wednesday, December 22

It is the latest in a series of roadworks on the busy route, which links Junctions 10 and 10a but has been closed numerous times in the last two years.

Contractor Tamdown Ltd will be fitting traffic lights outside the 192-home Hinxhill Park estate, which is being built by Belway Homes and was approved in 2017.

The road was closed this morning and is set to reopen on Wednesday, December 22.

Earlier this year, the same stretch was shut for two weeks to allow contractors to install an electricity supply for the new estate.

Before that, contractors closed the road to carry out drainage improvements and install gas mains.

The diversion takes drivers on the A2070 past the Sevington lorry park
The diversion takes drivers on the A2070 past the Sevington lorry park
The traffic lights will be installed outside the new Hinxhill Park estate
The traffic lights will be installed outside the new Hinxhill Park estate

Due to the nature of the latest works, KCC says the A20 will not be reopening outside of working hours, with drivers instead told to use a diversion on the A2070 link road.

In 2022, more traffic lights will be installed in Ashford when contractor FM Conway starts work on the 'Bellamy Gurner' scheme on the A2070 Bad Munstereifel Road.

Work to replace the existing Orbital Park roundabout with lights was expected to start in the summer, but KCC is enforcing a ‘Christmas roadworks embargo’ to keep the route clear over the festive season.

How the Hinxhill Park estate is set to look; the development includes permission for a new entrance at the rear of the William Harvey Hospital
How the Hinxhill Park estate is set to look; the development includes permission for a new entrance at the rear of the William Harvey Hospital
The A20 is closed between Tesco Crooksfoot and the Pilgrims Hospice. Picture: KCC
The A20 is closed between Tesco Crooksfoot and the Pilgrims Hospice. Picture: KCC

FM Conway workers have moved onto the site but are currently only focusing on land off the main A2070.

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