M20 junctions 8 to 9 temporary solution – Operation Brock

A temporary traffic management system 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.

Region:  South East
Start date:  February 2019
Cost:  ¬£25 million
Status:  CURRENT
Type:  Improvement Scheme
End date:  TBC
Programme:  Operation Stack solutions

Progress report

We're currently building a temporary solution called Operation Brock to reduce traffic congestion in Kent, caused by periods of extraordinary cross-Channel disruption. The solution will allow for two-way travel on the London-bound carriageway of the M20 between junction 8 at Maidstone and junction 9 at Ashford, should the coast-bound carriageway be required to manage port-bound freight.

Roadworks to install the temporary steel barrier on the M20 that will be used for Operation Brock is scheduled for completion by mid-March. Overnight closures (8pm to 6am) are in place between junctions 9 (Ashford) and 7 (Maidstone) to enable the work to take place safely. From Tuesday 12 February until mid-March there will be narrow lanes and a 50mph speed limit.

For the overnight closures diversions are in place via the A20. Drivers needing to travel while these works are taking place should plan ahead and allow more time for their journeys.

Traffic management will be coordinated across other M20 schemes such as the M20 junctions 3 to 5 smart motorways scheme and the M20 junction 10a new junction works, to enable a smooth journey for road users. If the project is required to be fully implemented, we'll help travellers drive around and through Kent by providing online advice ahead of journeys, and on-road messages and signage during journeys.

This temporary solution, if required, is planned to be ready for a period of up to six months from March 2019.

Please note that no locations have been selected yet. The map broadly shows where Operation Stack affects the M20. The map pin does not represent a proposed site.

What's next?

The construction work for Operation Brock is scheduled to be completed in mid-March 2019.

Timeline

Date Event
November 2017 Government announce scheme
24 May 2018 Notice of Determination published
July 2018 Preparation works start
February 2019 Installation works to allow full operation
March 2019 (estimated) Installation works completed

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've also been 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 for a six-month period, that will enable all travellers who want to use the M20 to continue to do so safely.

The scheme in detail

The scheme will allow the flow of two-way traffic on the London-bound carriageway of the M20 between junction 8 at Maidstone and junction 9 at Ashford, should the coast-bound carriageway be needed to handle port-bound freight. We'll add more details as the design develops.

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Project timeline

Planned roadworks

Roadworks and Events for England

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

Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J9 and J11 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 19 February 2019 to 23 February 2019. Schedule : From 20:00 on 1 March 2019 to 06:00 on 2 March 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 4 March 2019 to 9 March 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 11 March 2019 to 16 March 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: February 18, 2019, 10:03 am
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J9 and J11 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 19 February 2019 to 06:00 on 1 July 2019.
Posted: February 18, 2019, 9:33 am
Location : The M2 eastbound entry slip at junction J5 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 17:00 on 18 February 2019.
Posted: February 18, 2019, 9:00 am
Location : The M20 westbound between junctions J9 and J6 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 18 February 2019 to 23 February 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 24 February 2019 to 1 April 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: February 18, 2019, 6:01 am
Location : The M20 westbound exit slip at junction J8 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 18 February 2019 to 23 February 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 24 February 2019 to 1 April 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: February 18, 2019, 6:01 am
Location : The M20 westbound between junctions J10 and J9 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 18 February 2019 to 23 February 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 24 February 2019 to 1 April 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: February 18, 2019, 6:01 am
Location : The M20 westbound exit slip at junction J7 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 18 February 2019 to 23 February 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 24 February 2019 to 1 April 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: February 18, 2019, 6:01 am
Location : The M20 westbound entry slip at junction J8 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 18 February 2019 to 23 February 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 24 February 2019 to 1 April 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: February 18, 2019, 6:01 am
Location : The M2 eastbound between junctions J3 and J4 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 22 February 2019 to 06:00 on 23 February 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: February 15, 2019, 4:02 pm
Location : The M2 eastbound between junctions J3 and J4 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 20 February 2019 to 22 February 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: February 15, 2019, 4:02 pm
Location : The M20 westbound between junctions J10 and J9 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:00 on 14 February 2019 to 06:00 on 1 April 2019.
Posted: February 15, 2019, 4:02 pm
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J9 and J10 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 20 February 2019 to 23 February 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: February 15, 2019, 4:02 pm
Location : The M2 westbound between junctions J7 and J5 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:01 on 28 October 2018 to 06:00 on 5 March 2019.
Posted: February 15, 2019, 4:02 pm
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J6 and J10 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:01 on 14 February 2019 to 06:00 on 1 April 2019.
Posted: February 15, 2019, 4:02 pm
Location : The M2 westbound between junctions J6 and J5 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 19 February 2019 to 06:00 on 20 February 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: February 15, 2019, 4:02 pm
Location : The M20 eastbound exit slip at junction J6 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 18 February 2019 to 22 February 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: February 15, 2019, 4:02 pm
Location : The M2 eastbound between junctions J5 and J6 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 19 February 2019 to 06:00 on 20 February 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: February 15, 2019, 4:02 pm
Location : The M20 eastbound entry slip at junction J6 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 18 February 2019 to 22 February 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: February 15, 2019, 4:02 pm
Location : The M2 westbound between junctions J4 and J3 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 09:00 on 22 February 2019 to 16:00 on 22 February 2019.
Posted: February 15, 2019, 4:02 pm
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J9 and J11 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 23 February 2019 to 10:00 on 24 February 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 25 February 2019 to 1 March 2019. Schedule : From 20:00 on 2 March 2019 to 10:00 on 3 March 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: February 15, 2019, 4:02 pm

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