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A20 closed Londonbound due to emergency repairs near Folkestone

The A20 was closed in one direction this afternoon due to emergency safety barrier repairs.

The road was shut London bound between the B2011 and the A260 near Folkestone while workers installed a temporary concrete barrier.

Traffic was being diverted from the area and motorists were advised to allow extra time for their journeys.

Motorists are being diverted away from the A20. Stock image
Motorists are being diverted away from the A20. Stock image

Highways England spokesperson Charlotte Dear said: “During ongoing inspections following an earlier incident we have identified safety barrier damage on the side of the A20 where it carries traffic over a small farm track near Capel Le Ferne.”

“Safety is our top priority and we closed the London-bound A20 for a short period of time this afternoon to install a temporary concrete barrier to ensure the ongoing safety of drivers until permanent repairs can be carried out.

“We carry out routine inspections and maintenance on all bridges and structures regularly on England’s motorways and major A-roads so we can spot damage and wear and tear, and take any necessary action to help ensure they stay safe.

“The inspection we carried out today on the A20 and what we are doing as a result demonstrates that our maintenance and inspection regime works, and that we are able to react quickly to address potential safety concerns.”

The road has since been reopened.

Emergency repairs are also causing problems on the A20 in Maidstone.

One lane is shut heading into the town's central bridge system near The Broadway.

Motorists are advised to expect delays.

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