M20 closed: The diversion drivers need to know as heavy snow stops traffic – Kent Live

Snow continues to cause traffic chaos across the county in the aftermath of Storm Darcy.

Amid the treacherous conditions, a crash on the M20 has forced emergency services to close the key motorway.

The smash, though to involve multiple vehicles, between junction 9 near Ashford and junction 8 near Maidstone, has resulted in the carriageway being fully closed in both directions.

Kent Police is currently at the scene with Highways England traffic officers also on hand.

A diversion route is currently in place for those affected by the motorway closure.

All traffic heading Londonbound are exiting the M20 at junction 9, local traffic heading coast bound is being directed off at junction 8.

All freight heading towards Eurotunnel are still being led into the M20 sterile area between junction 8 and junction 9 to be held prior to the scene of the crash.

A spokesman for Kent Police said: “Kent Police was called at 1pm on February 10, following a collision on the Londonbound M20, between junctions 9 and 8.

The M20 is blocked in both directions
(Image: Wayne Fletcher)

“The collision involved three vehicles. Officers, as well as fire and ambulance crews are at the scene and both carriageways are currently closed.

“There are not believed to be any serious injuries. Work is ongoing to recover the vehicles and reopen the motorway.”

Diversion route


  • Traffic is advised to leave the M20 at J9 and join the A20.
  • At the roundabout take the 4th exit to continue on the A20 heading westbound.
  • Follow the A20 through Charing, Lenham and Harrietsham until the roundabout with the M20 J8.
  • Take the 2nd exit at the roundabout and rejoin the M20 westbound at J8.


  • Traffic are advised to leave M20 at Junction 8 onto the east bound A20 towards Ashford.
  • Remain on the A20 until the junction with Fougeres Way where it will turn northwards towards junction 9 of the M20 where it can then resume.

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