M20 junctions 8 to 9 temporary solution

A temporary traffic management system to be available, if required, from March 2019 to help avoid the need to activate Operation Stack.

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

Progress report

We're currently developing a temporary solution 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.

Traffic management will be coordinated across other M20 schemes such as the M20 J3-5 smart motorways scheme and the M20 J10a 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

In July 2018 we'll carry out preparation works to the road to allow the temporary solution to be safely implemented if required.

Timeline

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

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 J5 and J6 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 28 September 2018 to 06:00 on 1 October 2018. Schedule : From 22:00 on 9 November 2018 to 06:00 on 12 November 2018. Schedule : From 22:00 on 16 November 2018 to 06:00 on 19 November 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: September 25, 2018, 10:31 am
Location : The M20 eastbound exit slip at junction J6 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 28 September 2018 to 06:00 on 1 October 2018. Schedule : From 22:00 on 9 November 2018 to 06:00 on 12 November 2018. Schedule : From 22:00 on 16 November 2018 to 06:00 on 19 November 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: September 25, 2018, 10:31 am
Location : The M20 eastbound at junction J6 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 28 September 2018 to 06:00 on 1 October 2018. Schedule : From 22:00 on 9 November 2018 to 06:00 on 12 November 2018. Schedule : From 22:00 on 16 November 2018 to 06:00 on 19 November 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: September 25, 2018, 10:31 am
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J9 and J11 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 26 September 2018 to 06:00 on 27 September 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 28 September 2018 to 5 October 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 9 October 2018 to 12 October 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 16 October 2018 to 19 October 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: September 25, 2018, 10:01 am
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J9 and J11 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 27 September 2018 to 06:00 on 28 September 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: September 25, 2018, 10:01 am
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J9 and J11 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 26 September 2018 to 06:00 on 18 March 2019.
Posted: September 25, 2018, 10:01 am
Location : The M20 westbound between junctions J8 and J7 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder and lane 1 are closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 20:00 on 14 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There is one of three lanes closed.
Posted: September 25, 2018, 9:08 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 25 September 2018.
Posted: September 25, 2018, 8:00 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 : From 20:00 on 28 September 2018 to 06:00 on 29 September 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 8 October 2018 to 13 October 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 18 October 2018 to 21 October 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 22 October 2018 to 28 October 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: September 25, 2018, 5:10 am
Location : The M20 westbound between junctions J9 and J7 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 28 September 2018 to 06:00 on 29 September 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 8 October 2018 to 13 October 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 18 October 2018 to 21 October 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 22 October 2018 to 28 October 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: September 25, 2018, 5:10 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 : From 20:00 on 28 September 2018 to 06:00 on 29 September 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 8 October 2018 to 13 October 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 18 October 2018 to 21 October 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 22 October 2018 to 28 October 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: September 25, 2018, 5:10 am
Location : The M20 westbound between junctions J10 and J9 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 22:00 on 22 September 2018 to 06:00 on 20 December 2018.
Posted: September 23, 2018, 1:25 pm
Location : The M20 westbound between junctions J8 and J7 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 21:00 on 20 August 2018 to 06:00 on 15 December 2018.
Posted: September 23, 2018, 1:24 pm
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 25 September 2018 to 28 September 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 29 September 2018 to 1 October 2018. Schedule : From 20:00 on 13 October 2018 to 06:00 on 14 October 2018. Schedule : From 20:00 on 16 November 2018 to 06:00 on 17 November 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: September 23, 2018, 5:01 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 25 September 2018 to 28 September 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 29 September 2018 to 1 October 2018. Schedule : From 20:00 on 13 October 2018 to 06:00 on 14 October 2018. Schedule : From 20:00 on 16 November 2018 to 06:00 on 17 November 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: September 23, 2018, 5:01 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 25 September 2018 to 28 September 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 29 September 2018 to 1 October 2018. Schedule : From 20:00 on 13 October 2018 to 06:00 on 14 October 2018. Schedule : From 20:00 on 16 November 2018 to 06:00 on 17 November 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: September 23, 2018, 5:01 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 25 September 2018 to 28 September 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 29 September 2018 to 1 October 2018. Schedule : From 20:00 on 13 October 2018 to 06:00 on 14 October 2018. Schedule : From 20:00 on 16 November 2018 to 06:00 on 17 November 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: September 23, 2018, 5:01 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 25 September 2018 to 28 September 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 29 September 2018 to 1 October 2018. Schedule : From 20:00 on 13 October 2018 to 06:00 on 14 October 2018. Schedule : From 20:00 on 16 November 2018 to 06:00 on 17 November 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: September 23, 2018, 5:01 am
Location : The M20 westbound exit slip at junction J9 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 29 September 2018 to 6 October 2018. Schedule : From 20:00 on 8 October 2018 to 06:00 on 9 October 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: September 22, 2018, 7:11 pm
Location : The M20 westbound between junctions J9 and 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 29 September 2018 to 6 October 2018. Schedule : From 20:00 on 8 October 2018 to 06:00 on 9 October 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: September 22, 2018, 7:11 pm
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J8 and J9 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 25 September 2018 to 06:00 on 26 September 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: September 22, 2018, 12:15 pm
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J7 and J8 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 25 September 2018 to 06:00 on 26 September 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: September 22, 2018, 12:15 pm
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J7 and J8 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 25 September 2018 to 06:00 on 26 September 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: September 22, 2018, 12:15 pm

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