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Contract awarded for major new motorway junction

Contract awarded for major new motorway junction

The construction contract for a new motorway junction on the M20 in Kent has been awarded by Highways England.

It has agreed a £39.1 million deal with Vinci to deliver the new junction 10a, which will lie around 700 metres from the existing junction 10 near Ashford. Using two bridges, the new junction will link the motorway to the existing A20 and the new dual carriageway link to the A2070 outside Sevington. 

Discussing the project, regional director for major projects in the south-east region Chris Welby-Everard said: "The new junction, part of the Government’s record £15 billion investment in major roads, will help reduce congestion at the existing junction 10 and unlock potential for future growth in the Ashford area. 

"Following our successful public consultation earlier this year, we have awarded the construction contract so that if planning permission is granted we can start work as soon as possible."

Vinci's highways sector director Peter Whitman noted that this will be a first for the company, as never before has it been the sole deliverer of a Highways England contract. He remarked that it "demonstrates our continued growth in the strategic roads sector".

The plans were drawn up with the involvement of the public in a consultation exercise earlier this year, which 900 people took part in by answering a questionnaire or attending one of five exhibitions on the project. The plans are now passing through the Development Consent Order examination process, with an initial hearing taking place earlier this month. 

Vinci were chosen to work alongside Jacobs on the design and build contract and the planning application will be heard in the new year. 

The existing Junction 10 is located on the south-eastern edge of the town and already links with the A20 and A2070, as well as the A292, which links the junction to Ashford town centre. 

Just five miles from Folkestone, the Ashford area is used heavily by traffic heading to and from the continent via the Channel Tunnel.

Image: iStock/Rick Jacobs

 

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