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DISRUPTION: M20 barrier to move from hard shoulder to central reservation

Friday 14th January 2022

THE moveable barrier on the hard shoulder of the M20 will be relocated to the central reservation – igniting a year of disruption.

National Highways will start work on the motorway between Junction 9 for Ashford and Junction 8 for Leeds Castle this month.

Downs Mail understands the reason for the move is due to safety concerns.

Project manager Afsheen Mortazaie-Far said: “We will be moving the barrier and storing it in the central reserve.

"The work we’re carrying out is to adapt the central reserve to enable this to happen.

"We will be undertaking the work in phases, and to carry it out safely, lane closures and a small number of overnight closures will be needed.”

Between January and October, the barrier will be used to control traffic.

Mr Mortazaie-Far added: "This does not mean the Brock contraflow system will be active, but it will provide a more efficient and cost-effective way of being able to deploy the contraflow quickly and effectively should it be required."

A number of overnight closures are planned between Ashford and Maidstone, with the two outside lanes closing for around 40 weeks from January 29.