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M20 overnight closures scheduled between junction 7 (A249) and junction 8 (A20)

More overnight closures are being scheduled for the M20 which has already been subject to at least nine months of roadworks this year.

The latest coastbound closure at Maidstone between junctions 7 (A249) and 8 (A20) is to protect Highways England contractors while they carry out electrical works.

Junction 7 (A249) off the M20
Junction 7 (A249) off the M20

Highways England says it expects the work to take approximately five nights from Monday, November 23 and will affect all slip roads along the stretch of carriageway.

Traffic will be diverted using the A249, M2, A251, A28 and A20 between 8pm and 6am.

The road was shut overnight for three months in March to convert 6.5 miles into a 'smart motorway' between junction 3 for the M26/Borough Green and junction 5 for Aylesford. Narrow lanes and a 50mph speed restriction were also implemented during the day.

Less than three months later, speed restrictions were enforced once more to allow the replacement of a footbridge which collapsed after being hit by an HGV in 2016 between junction 4 (Leybourne) and junction 3.

And in September, motorists were braced for yet more night-time delays when the M20 was again shut London-bound between junction 8 for Leeds Castle and junction 9 for Ashford to instal barriers for Operation Brock in preparation for a no-deal Brexit.

Work gets underway on the smart motorway, between junctions 5 & 4 on the M20, which is now completed
Work gets underway on the smart motorway, between junctions 5 & 4 on the M20, which is now completed

The contraflow system is expected to return in December as the Government looks to minimise travel disruption once the Brexit transition period ends.

Works on the M20 are among a number of carriageway closures announced for the coming weeks, with others on A-roads and local routes in areas including Coxheath, Marden, Linton and Bearsted.

Details of all roadworks and closures scheduled across the county can be found in our Public Notices section in print or online, along with a host of other announcements ranging from alcohol licence requests to planning applications; probate to public rights of way.

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