M20 reopens ahead of schedule after new bridge installed

The Kingsford bridge is set to open next summer Credit: Highways England

The M20 has fully reopened after work to install a new footbridge near Ashford was completed ahead of schedule

between junctions 8 and 11 near Ashford has now fully reopened in both directions.

The motorway was due to remain closed between Junctions 8 and 11 until 10am today (Sunday), but the London bound carriageway opened over 6 hours earlier and the coast bound carriageway opening an hour after.

The closure was in place to allow for the installation of the new Kingsford Street bridge, which replaces Highfield Lane bridge, and connects Kingsford Street to the A20 Hythe Road.

The new bridge, which is designed for pedestrians, cyclists and equestrians, is set to open next summer. The existing Highfield Lane bridge is scheduled to be demolished next year, following the installation of East and West Gyratory Bridges which form the new Junction 10a.