M20 junctions 8 to 9 temporary solution (forming part of Operation Brock)

This temporary traffic management system was designed to be available, if required, from March 2019 to help avoid the need to activate Operation Stack in the event of disruption to cross-Channel travel.

The M20 junction 8 to 9 temporary solution forms one phase of Operation Brock, which aims to keep the M20 open in both directions in the event of disruption to services across the English Channel.

All phases of Operation Brock can be in 'active' or 'inactive' mode.

Region:  South East
Start date:   June 2018 (start of construction)
Cost:  ¬£30 million
Status:  
Type:  Improvement Scheme
End date:  TBC
Programme:  Operation Stack solutions

Progress report

The M20 phase of Operation Brock is currently inactive.

For more information on Operation Brock please visit our dedicated Operation Brock web page.

Please note that the map pin does not represent the proposed site.

Timeline

Date Event
November 2017 Government announce scheme
24 May 2018 Notice of Determination published
July 2018 Construction works started
March 2019 Installation works completed. Road ready for operational use.
28 October 2019 M20 phase of Operation Brock activated

Community news

As part of the public information exercise for the Permanent Solution project that ran from 11 June to 22 July 2018, we also discussed the temporary solution.

You can also find out more about the Permanent Solution project via the project factsheet located in the documents section below.

Why we need this scheme

The M20 is a key part of the strategic road network, providing the signed route to key Kent towns such as Maidstone and Ashford, and to the Channel Tunnel and Port of Dover.

During periods of disruption at the ports, caused by such things as severe weather, strikes or technical failures, lorries queue on the motorways as well as local roads. Depending on the severity of the disruption, Operation Stack may be activated, resulting in the closure of the coast-bound and/or London-bound carriageways between Maidstone and Ashford, to hold cross-channel lorries. In summer 2015 Operation Stack was used on 32 days, leading to wide-scale inconvenience to Kent’s communities, businesses and visitors.

While a permanent solution is being explored, we were also asked to develop a temporary solution to be ready for use, if required, by March 2019.

Aim

The aim of the scheme is:

  • To have a safe, operable temporary solution on the M20 between junction 8 at Maidstone and junction 9 at Ashford, to be ready for use, if required, by March 2019 that will enable all travellers who want to use the M20 to continue to do so safely.

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Planned roadworks

Roadworks and Events for England

The latest incident information for England's motorway and trunk routes provided by Highways England

Location : The M2 eastbound exit slip at junction J5 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 22 November 2019 to 06:00 on 23 November 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: November 15, 2019, 9:13 pm
Location : The M20 westbound between junctions J11 and J9 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder, lanes 1 and 2 are closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 16 November 2019. Lanes Closed : There are two of three lanes closed.
Posted: November 15, 2019, 9:04 pm
Location : The M20 westbound between junctions J11 and J9 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:17 on 15 November 2019 to 06:00 on 16 November 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: November 15, 2019, 8:18 pm
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J4 and J6 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:09 on 15 November 2019 to 06:00 on 16 November 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: November 15, 2019, 8:10 pm
Location : The M20 eastbound at junction J6 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 16 November 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: November 15, 2019, 8:06 pm
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J5 and J6 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 16 November 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: November 15, 2019, 8:06 pm
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J3 and J7 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 16 November 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: November 15, 2019, 8:06 pm
Location : The M20 eastbound exit slip at junction J6 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 16 November 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: November 15, 2019, 8:06 pm
Location : The M20 westbound between junctions J9 and J7 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 are closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 10:00 on 31 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There are two of four lanes closed.
Posted: November 15, 2019, 7:35 pm
Location : The M20 westbound at junction J7 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 18 November 2019 to 23 November 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: November 15, 2019, 9:13 am
Location : The M20 westbound between junctions J7 and J6 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 18 November 2019 to 23 November 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes closed.
Posted: November 15, 2019, 9:13 am
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J7 and J8 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 18 November 2019 to 23 November 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: November 15, 2019, 9:13 am
Location : The M2 eastbound exit slip at junction J5 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 21 November 2019 to 06:00 on 22 November 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: November 15, 2019, 8:43 am
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J1 and J7 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:00 on 14 November 2019 to 06:00 on 15 February 2020.
Posted: November 14, 2019, 8:01 pm
Location : The M2 westbound exit slip at junction J4 . Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 18 November 2019 to 06:00 on 19 November 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: November 14, 2019, 1:52 pm
Location : The M20 westbound between junctions J11 and J9 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 21:00 on 13 November 2019 to 06:00 on 21 December 2019.
Posted: November 13, 2019, 9:01 pm
Location : The M20 westbound between junctions J9 and J8 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 are closed. Reason : Contraflow. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 06:30 on 28 October 2019 to 23:59 on 30 April 2020. Lanes Closed : There are two of four lanes closed.
Posted: November 13, 2019, 11:25 am
Location : The M20 westbound between junctions J9 and J7 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 08:54 on 28 October 2019 to 10:00 on 31 January 2020.
Posted: November 13, 2019, 11:25 am

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