A development consent order (DCO) has been granted paving the way for construction to start on a new £104M junction on the M20 in Kent.
The new junction,10a. will ease traffic around existing junction 10 and give better access to Ashford.
Work to build the new road will now start early next year and it will be situated about 1km south of the existing junction. It will use two bridges and connect to the existing A20 and a new dual carriageway link road built to the A2070 near Sevington.
Highways England regional delivery director in the South East Chris Welby-Everard said: “This major new motorway junction is the biggest boost for Ashford since the arrival of international rail services nearly 20 years ago. Junction 10a will unlock job-creating developments in the local area and will take pressure off the existing junction 10. It will bring jobs, better infrastructure for local services and help maintain the quality of life in and around Ashford.
“Without Junction 10a in place, future economic growth would have been constrained. Today’s news will bring real confidence that we will have the road capacity needed to enable a major programme of economic and commercial development and house building.”
New Junction 10a in Kent