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Full M20 diversion routes in place after police shut off motorway

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Original article from Kent Live

Diversion routes have been put in place following a major incident that has closed the M20.

The carriageway was closed in both directions between Junctions 8 and 9 following an arrest at around 11.25am.

Police have also said that "explosives experts" from the British Army are at the scene.

Highways England have confirmed a number of diversions are in place to manage traffic.

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They said road users caught in the closure will be released shortly by being u-turned away from the scene.

The diversion routes around the closed section of motorway are:

Eastbound (marked with hollow circle symbol on road signs)

  • Exit the M20 at J8 and at the junction roundabout take the third exit
  • At the next roundabout take the first exit on to the A20 Ashford Road
  • Remain on the A20 towards Ashford and continue past Leeds Castle and through Harrietsham, Lenham, Charing, Westwell Leacon, Ram Lane and in to Ashford
  • At the Drovers Roundabout take the first exit on to the A20 Fougeres Way
  • At the next roundabout (J9 of the M20) take the third exit to re-join the M20 eastbound

Westbound (marked with hollow square symbol on road signs)

  • Exit the M20 at J9 and at the junction roundabout take the first exit on to the A20 Fougeres Way towards Ashford
  • At the next roundabout (Drovers Roundabout) take the fourth exit on to the A20 Ashford Road
  • Remain on the A20 out of Ashford and through Ram Lane, Westwell Leacon, Charing, Lenham, Harrietsham and past Leeds Castle
  • At Hollingbourne roundabout take the second exit and follow the link road to J8 of the M20
  • At the junction roundabout take the first exit to re-join the M20

The closure followed an incident earlier in the day when police made "tactical contact" with a vehicle.

They said the vehicle in question had been travelling at "excess speed" and then failed to stop.

At 2.40pm, police tweeted that the carriageway remains closed in both directions and said: "Explosives experts from the British Army are also present as a precautionary measure following concerns about the security of the subject vehicle".

A Kent Police spokesman said: "Shortly after 11.25am on Sunday 25 April 2021 officers attempted to stop a vehicle travelling at excess speed on the M20 coastbound near Junction 12.

"The vehicle did not stop and exited the motorway before returning onto the London-bound carriageway.

"It was pursued to Junction 9 where a police car made tactical contact with the vehicle, bringing it to a stop with no injuries reported.

"A 27-year-old man from Wales was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and failing to stop for police.

"The motorway has been closed to allow for the carriageway to be made safe for road users, who are advised to find alternative routes if possible."

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