M20 J10a a step nearer
Developers who have and will continue to contribute to the proposed M20 junction 10 a improvement works, and those that use the M20 and travel to Ashford may be interested to know that a decision was taken in 1 December 2017 which has now been published.
The new junction will be east of the existing Junction 10 in Ashford. It is planned to incorporate a new two-lane dual carriageway link road to join the new junction to the existing A2070 and a new pedestrian /cycle bridge over the M20. In addition a new footbridge to replace the existing footbridge over the A2070 Church Road would be provided.
Among the issues that were considered in reaching this decision were, health and safety, noise and vibration, air quality and emissions, water environment and flood risks, biodiversity and ecological conservation, health, the historic environment, landscape and visual impacts and the effect of compulsory acquisition on a number of neighbouring sites.
The Secretary of State concluded that there is a compelling case in the public interest to acquire the land for the proposed development and this outweighed the private loss that will be suffered by individual landowners.
The decision is of course subject to the usual six-week period for Judicial Review.
Written by Vicky Stoodley