Original article from Kent Live
The M20 is suffering from long delays after a lorry fire has brought traffic to a halt.
All traffic being temporarily held due to lorry fire on M20 in both directions between junction 9 for A20 Fougeres Way (Ashford) and junction 8 for the A20 Ashford Road (Leeds Castle / Maidstone Services).
All road users are being held in both directions.
Pictures show a massive tailback of traffic on both carriageways, with smoke billowing out above the road.
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Follow our live updates below as the M20 grinds to a halt after a lorry fire.
Highways England: Lorry still "well alight"
Diversion advice to avoid M20
Kent Fire and Rescue Services are on scene along with Highways England Traffic Officers.
Road users wishing to continue their journey eastbound (coast bound) are advised to follow the hollow, yellow circle diversion symbol. Exit the M20 at J8 on to the A20 eastbound towards Ashford. Remain on the A20 to rejoin at J9.
Road users wishing to continue their westbound (London bound) are advised to exit the at J9 and follow the above diversion, in reserve and hollow, yellow square diversion symbol.
"All I saw was black smoke"
Readers have been leaving their comments on the KentLive Traffic & Travel group as the M20 delays continue to disrupt drivers across Kent.
One reader commented: "all I saw was black smoke. 3 fire engines went pass now specialist fire and rescue gone pasted followed by an ambulance must be bad."
Another claimed they had been told they'd be stuck for a long time: "We’re fully stuck there say about 2hours."
Another reader added that the fire seemed to be under control: "Shut both sides – lorry still across carriageway – fire appears to be out now."
Kent Fire are at the scene
Two miles of congestion on M20
Highways England have warned drivers that there are two miles of tailbacks on the M20 at the moment.
They say that journey times are increased by around 20 minutes and to plan accordingly.
All traffic now being held in both directions
The lorry fire has now caused traffc to be held in both directions on the M20.
Initially only the Westbound route was blocked, but now no traffic is being permitted to travel between junctions eight and nine.