Section of M20 reopens eastbound following bridge collapse


The M20 has partially reopened in the eastbound direction, after it was completely closed following the collapse of a bridge on Saturday.

Restrictions on the motorway were initially put in place after a footbridge crashed on to the carriageways on Saturday, causing hours of traffic chaos on one of the busiest weekends of the year.

The bridge came down between junctions three and four shortly after noon on Saturday when a digger being transported on the back of a lorry collided with it.

A motorcyclist in his 50s was taken to hospital in Tunbridge Wells with suspected broken ribs following the incident while the driver of the lorry was treated for shock at the scene.

The road has now reopened, although with one lane still closed at the site of the incident and extensive safety checks being carried out.

Highways England initially tweeted the M20 was open westbound, but soon after issued a correction via Twitter that the motorway had only reopened eastbound between junctions 1-4.

**CORRECTION** “>M20 eastbound is OPEN J1-J4. We’ll let you know when the westbound carriageway re-opens.

Stuart Thompson, a Highways England spokesman, said: We have worked overnight and removed part of the structure on the London-bound carriageway.

News Source TheGuardianNews

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