M20 SMART MOTORWAY
August 2018 Update
Highways England held a public 'Construction Show & Tell' event at Ryarsh Village Hall on 26 July 2018. Some revisions to the Smart Motorway design were revealed, including increased 'Semi-Mature Planting' and all-lane resurfacing between J3 & J4.
The lower noise resurfacing is to be applied to all lanes between J3 and J4. Lanes 1 and 4 will be resurfaced between J4 and J5, as lanes 2 and 3 were resurfaced recently.
These amendments to the design are yet to be finalised. We shall share the design plans with you as soon as they are available - these plans will reveal the areas that are to receive the semi-mature tree planting.
You can download and view the full presentation provided by Highways England below.
What is the project?
Highways England are converting the 6.5 mile stretch of the M20 between Junction 3 at West Malling and Junction 5 at Aylesford into an All-Lane Running (ALR) smart motorway. Construction work will start in May 2018 with the scheme expected to be completed in March 2020.
For full details on this major scheme please visit the project website:
The noise survey has shown that currently, the closest unscreened properties to the M20 are subject to daytime noise levels in excess of 70 dB. See the ‘Noise Measurement Results’ table in the report here. Note that these readings were taken prior to any tree removal which provided a natural sound buffer.
Additional to noise pollution - The increased capacity of the M20 will generate more vehicles using this route, therefore intensifying the atmospheric pollutant output.
To establish the current situation in our area we have requested Kent County Council undertake a baseline particulate pollution measurement - as advised by Professor Frank Kelly, chair in Environmental Health, King’s College London and Director of Analytical & Environmental Sciences Division.