Yesterday’s collapse of a footbridge between junctions 3 and 4 of the M20 and the closure of the M26 has meant less traffic passing Hollingbourne between Junctions 8 and 9 of the M20. This has resulted in a lower level of surface noise which has blighted villages along the M20 since it was first opened over 20 years ago. Successive governments have promised to resurface the M20 with a quieter surface but nothing has happened. UPDATE on 1st September – The M20 between Junctions 3 and 4 will be closed from 8pm on 2nd September to 6am on 5th while the bridge is cleared. The suggested alternative route between London, the M25, and Dover is via the M2. UPDATE on 4th September – The M20 has been reopened ahead of schedule.
The M20 is expected to fully open later today which will bring back the extra surface noise which Faversham and Mid Kent MP Mrs Helen Whately promised to address at the time of the 2015 General Election. The oroblem is caused by the fact that the M20 has a ribbed concrete surface while other motorways have a smooth tarmac topping which produces less noise.
Pictured below is the scene of the bridge collapse with the motor-cycle of the only person hurt in the incident under the bridge.