The M20 has been reopened after Saturday's accident

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Good news for bank holiday travellers: the M20 has been completely reopened after an accident caused it to shut down on Saturday.

Traffic can now use both carriageways of the M20 in Kent, Highways England said, after a stretch between junctions one and four was cleared following Saturday's accident, which saw a footbridge struck by a digger being transported on the back of a lorry.

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Accidents are never welcome, but this one was particularly poorly timed as the bank holiday weekend is one of the busiest of the year.

A precautionary 50mph limit is in place in both directions past the bridge. Catherine Brookes, of Highways England, said: "Safety is our top priority. While we concentrated on reopening the road as soon as possible to help drivers, it was imperative this was done safely."

Whilst the reopening was several hours later than planned, it comes as a huge relief for travellers in Kent, who applaud the efforts of those involved.