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17th August 2016 - Press Release

Next phase of key A20 junction work to get underway

The next phase of the A20 junction improvement scheme will start in mid-September as work gets underway to replace the York Street Junction with "smart" technology traffic lights.

The A20 work is designed to improve the flow of traffic in Dover and to maximise the potential of Dover’s key regeneration projects including the Port’s Dover Western Docks Revival (DWDR) and Dover District Council’s St James development. 

Cllr Paul Watkins, Leader of Dover District Council, said: “This is an important scheme for Dover and we’d like to thank everyone for their patience with the works at the Prince of Wales Junction.  We’re working towards a swift completion of the works, and whilst there is still some inconvenience to come, this scheme will deliver an important link to the St James and Western Docks developments now underway.”

Whilst the first phase of improvements to the Prince of Wales and Union Street Junction has made good progress, issues with underground services have resulted in a delay in completing the first phase.

Work will now be taking place concurrently on the Prince of Wales and York Street Junctions until November – when the Prince of Wales Junction will be completed.

Extensive traffic modelling has been undertaken to evaluate the potential impacts of concurrent work on both junctions, and the results show traffic flows as coping well, including with Dover TAP (Traffic Assessment Project). Procedures are in place to monitor traffic flows and to quickly clear breakdowns. 

The work at the York Street Junction is expected to last until completion of the scheme in January 2017. The traffic lights at Woolcomber Street will then be upgraded before the A20 junction improvement scheme concludes in February 2017. 

Highways England Project Sponsor, Kat Saradinova said: “We are working closely with the Port of Dover to ensure any disruption to drivers and the local community is kept to a minimum. Working at both junctions will reduce any potential delays to the scheme for the 25,000 drivers that use the A20 each day.”

All partners thank the public for their patience and understanding whilst this key regeneration-enabling project is delivered for Dover.

Details of the A20 concurrent works:

  • Concurrent work for the Prince of Wales and York Street Junction extends the one lane contraflow, from mid-September 2016.


  • During this time there will be no right turn facility from A20 east bound to Union Street and no right turn from Union Street to the A20 east bound. Additionally there will be no right turn facility onto the A20 west bound from York Street and no right turn into York Street from the A20 west bound. Diversions will be in place via Eastern Docks and Limekiln Junctions.


  • Traffic will be merged into single lanes before the Limekiln Junction to assist free flowing movement prior to contraflow through the road works at Union Street and York Street.


  • On completion of the overall scheme the new traffic lights will adjust automatically to the traffic conditions to operate efficiently.


  • Work at Prince of Wales Junction will be completed in November, with work at York Street Junction being completed in January.


  • Work at Woolcomber Street will be completed in February.


  • In circumstances where you require information and advice regarding the traffic situation please follow our travel twitter account for most up to date traffic conditions (@PoD_travelnews), or call Highways England customer contact centre (0300 123 5000).




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