Major incident declared on M20 over bank holiday weekend

The M20 in Kent was closed in both directions for almost 24 hours between Junctions 3 and 4 at West Malling near Maidstone due to a serious incident. A lorry carrying a digger struck a footbridge over the motorway in the Londonbound direction.

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50mph speed limit where M20 footbridge collapsed

Half of footbridge remains in place over the M20 motroway

Highways England has reassured the public that the remaining half of a footbridge which partially collapsed onto the M20 beneath is safe.

A lorry carrying a digger had struck the footbridge at 12.05pm on Saturday 27 August.

The organisation said that over Saturday night and on Sunday 'robust inspections' were made of the remaining elevated section of the footbridge, and that the inspections showed the structure to be safe. The operation to remove it will be done in the coming weeks.

“Safety is our top priority. While we concentrated on reopening the road as soon as possible to help drivers, it was imperative this was done safely. We are now making the final preparations to be able lift the remaining closures safely.

“The 50mph speed limit is being introduced while until work to remove the rest of the footbridge is complete. We urge drivers to respect the limit for their safety and that of other road users, and thank them for their patience as we carried out this essential work.”

– Catherine Brookes, Highways England’s Chief Highway Engineer

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