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Roundhill Tunnel on A20 in Folkestone could be shut until Saturday evening due to high winds caused by Storm Erik

By Chris Price

Drivers in the county are facing more disruption after highways chiefs confirmed a tunnel is likely to remain closed in both directions until tomorrow evening.

The Roundhill Tunnel on the A20 in Folkestone has been shut all afternoon after high winds caused by Storm Erik left two CCTV masts unstable.

The gusts are also hampering work to remove the masts, which are 14 metres high and weigh about four tonnes.

The A20 Roundhill Tunnel is shut in both directions
The A20 Roundhill Tunnel is shut in both directions

Highways England teams will remove the masts and reopen the roads as soon as they safely can.

However, with the poor weather forecast to continue into the weekend it could be Saturday afternoon before wind speeds drop to a safe level.

Clearly signed diversions are in place.

London-bound traffic should follow the A20 onto Alkham Valley Road to the A260 (Canterbury Road).

Traffic should head towards Folkestone and then take the A259 (Churchill Avenue). Drivers can then rejoin the A20 at the junction with the M20 at junction 13.

Coastbound traffic should exit the M20 at junction 13 onto the A259 (Churchill Avenue) and then follow the A260.

Traffic should then head towards the Spitfire Way roundabout at Hawkinge to rejoin the coast bound A20.

Drivers heading towards or from the Port of Dover should use the A2 and M2, while drivers using Eurotunnel should use the M20 and exit at junction 11.

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