After a 28 year wait – Highways England are to resurface the M20 with a quieter top (but only on the coastbound side!).

Since the M20 was opened between Junction 8 and Junction 9 in 1991 local residents have been complaining about the surface noise from the M20 which was the last motorway to be built with a ribbed concrete surface. Yesterday Highways England announced that they would resurface the coastbound side which will be used store 2000 lorries if Operation Brock is activated if and when the UK leaves the EU Customs Union.

Successive local MP’s over the last 28 years have promised action on the matter without success and in 2007 the Government did promise to resurface the M20 because of the noise but nothing happened despite visits to the Highways Agency in London from representatives of Hollingbourne and Harrietsham Parish Councils.

The London bound side which has been dualled for traffic in both directions for Operation Brock will not be resurfaced at this present time.

Please see below for a copy of the letter that has been supplied to Hollingbourne residents on the Ashford Road. 

Copy of letter of 27th February 2019 sent to Parish Councillor Catherine O’Meara.