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

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 the strategic network to cross channel travel.

All phases of Operation Brock can be in 'active' or 'inactive' mode. Operation Brock is currently inactive and the temporary barrier between junction 8 and 9 is being removed.

Region:  South East
Start date:   June 2018
Cost:  ÂŁ30 million
Status:  
Type:  Improvement Scheme
End date:  March 2019
Programme:  Operation Stack solutions

Progress report (January 2020)

Operation Brock is currently inactive.

The Government has announced that it is standing down contingency planning for a no-deal Brexit on 31 January 2020. Kent Resilience Forum partners have agreed that the outlook for potential disruption on the strategic road network has reduced.

Highways England has therefore agreed with the Kent Resilience Forum and Department for Transport to remove the temporary barrier between junctions 9 and 8 on the M20, which forms part of Operation Brock.

This means that three full width lanes, at the national speed limit of 70mph, will now be restored on the London bound M20 between junctions 8 and 9.

The barrier is 15 miles long and bolted to the M20 carriageway. To enable us to safely remove the barrier, overnight closures will be required during January 2020 on the London-bound M20 between junctions 9 to 7.

The work will take place overnight between 8pm and 6am, from Monday 13 January for 17 nights. The overnight carriageway closures will be London-bound only, except for two nights of full road closures on January 13 and January 28. Clearly signed diversions will be in place. Full details below:

Start date/time End date/time Carriageway Closure type Reason
Monday 13 January 8pm Tuesday 14 January 6am Coast-bound Full overnight closure J7-9 To install the coast-bound lane 3 closure during the removal works
Monday 13 January 8pm Thursday 30 January 6am London-bound Full overnight closures J9-8 (J7 when necessary) Full overnight closures to remove the barrier. Approximately 1.5km of barrier will be removed each night, with road markings repainted and gaps in the central reservation barrier closed. NB: Saturday 18 January will only be closed as a contingency plan due to bad weather etc. Throughout the barrier removal works, coast-bound Lane 3 will be closed for the safe reinstatement of the central reserve barrier. Lanes 1 and 2 will be open with a 50mph speed limit in place.
Tuesday 28 January 8pm Wednesday 29 January 6am Coast-bound Full overnight closure J7-9 To remove the coast-bound lane 3 closure.

Note: There may be a need to be a third overnight combined London-bound and coast-bound closure, from Friday 31 January 8pm to Saturday 1 February 6am.

Diversion routes

  • Junction 9 to 7 road closure: Traffic diverted from J9, head towards the A20 Maidstone, then onto A249 towards the motorway to re-join the M20 at J7. Vehicles over 4.7m height need re-join the M20 towards Dover at J9, then the Dover bound A20, A2 towards Canterbury, then M2 London bound, exiting the motorway at J7 onto the A249 towards Maidstone to re-join the M20 Motorway at J7.
  • Junction 9 to 8 road closure: Traffic diverted from J9, head towards A20 Maidstone, then re-join the M20 motorway at J8. Vehicles over 4.7m height need to re-join the M20 towards Dover, then A20 Dover, then A2 towards Canterbury, then M2 London exiting the motorway at J7 onto the A249 towards Maidstone to rejoin the M20 motorway at J7 and head back towards J8.
  • Junction 7-9 road closure: Traffic diverted from J7, head towards the A249 Canterbury, then M2 Dover, then A2 Dover, then A20 London which re-joins the M20. There are no over-height restrictions on this route.

We aim to open the road as early as possible every morning. In the event of adverse weather or unplanned events, further overnight closures may be required.

London-bound diversion routes map

Coast-bound diversion routes map

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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
March/April 2019 M20 phase of Operation Brock activated and de-activated
October 2019 M20 phase of Operation Brock activated and de-activated
January 2020 Barrier removal work

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.

We developed Operation Brock for March 2019 in anticipation of significant disruption at the ports. The M20 junction 8 to 9 part of Operation Brock was activated in March and October 2019. It is currently inactive and the temporary barrier between junctions 8 and 9 is being removed in January 2020.

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Planned roadworks

Roadworks and Events for England

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Location : The M20 westbound between junctions J9 and J6 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 24 January 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: January 23, 2020, 8:54 pm
Location : The M20 westbound between junctions J10 and J9 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 24 January 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: January 23, 2020, 8:54 pm
Location : The M20 westbound entry slip at junction J8 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 24 January 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: January 23, 2020, 8:54 pm
Location : The M20 westbound exit slip at junction J7 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 24 January 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: January 23, 2020, 8:54 pm
Location : The M20 westbound exit slip at junction J8 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 24 January 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: January 23, 2020, 8:54 pm
Location : The M2 eastbound between junctions J4 and J5 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:25 on 23 January 2020 to 06:00 on 4 February 2020.
Posted: January 23, 2020, 8:52 pm
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J4 and J6 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:36 on 23 January 2020 to 06:00 on 24 January 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: January 23, 2020, 8:47 pm
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J3 and J7 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 24 January 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: January 23, 2020, 8:35 pm
Location : The M20 eastbound at junction J6 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 24 January 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: January 23, 2020, 8:35 pm
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J5 and J6 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 24 January 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: January 23, 2020, 8:35 pm
Location : The M20 eastbound exit slip at junction J6 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 24 January 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: January 23, 2020, 8:35 pm
Location : The M2 eastbound at junction J4 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 24 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: January 23, 2020, 8:32 pm
Location : The M2 eastbound between junctions J3 and J4 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 24 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There is one of three lanes closed.
Posted: January 23, 2020, 8:32 pm
Location : The M2 eastbound between junctions J4 and J5 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 24 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: January 23, 2020, 8:32 pm
Location : The M2 eastbound between junctions J5 and J6 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 24 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: January 23, 2020, 8:32 pm
Location : The M2 eastbound entry slip at junction J4 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 24 January 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: January 23, 2020, 8:32 pm
Location : The M2 eastbound between junctions J4 and J5 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 24 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: January 23, 2020, 8:32 pm
Location : The M2 eastbound entry slip at Medway Services. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 24 January 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: January 23, 2020, 8:32 pm
Location : The M2 westbound between junctions J6 and J5 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 24 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: January 23, 2020, 8:04 pm
Location : The M2 westbound at junction J4 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 24 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: January 23, 2020, 8:04 pm
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J1 and J7 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:01 on 23 January 2020 to 06:00 on 25 April 2020.
Posted: January 23, 2020, 8:02 pm
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J7 and J8 . Lane Closures : Lane three is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 27 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There is one of three lanes closed.
Posted: January 23, 2020, 7:17 pm
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J8 and J9 . Lane Closures : Lane three is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 27 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There is one of three lanes closed.
Posted: January 23, 2020, 6:05 pm
Location : The M2 eastbound between junctions J1 and J5 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 27 January 2020 to 06:00 on 28 January 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 29 January 2020 to 2 February 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: January 22, 2020, 12:43 pm
Location : The M2 eastbound exit slip at junction J4 . Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 27 January 2020 to 06:00 on 28 January 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 29 January 2020 to 2 February 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: January 22, 2020, 12:43 pm
Location : The M20 westbound between junctions J10 and J9 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:01 on 21 January 2020 to 06:00 on 1 February 2020.
Posted: January 21, 2020, 8:02 pm
Location : The M20 eastbound 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 January 2020 to 1 February 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: January 21, 2020, 7:43 pm
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J6 and J10 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 25 January 2020 to 06:00 on 1 February 2020.
Posted: January 21, 2020, 7:43 pm
Location : The M20 eastbound exit slip at junction J9 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 25 January 2020 to 1 February 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: January 21, 2020, 7:43 pm
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J6 and J8 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2, 3 and 4 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 25 January 2020 to 1 February 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: January 21, 2020, 7:43 pm
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J8 and J10 . 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 January 2020 to 1 February 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: January 21, 2020, 7:43 pm
Location : The M20 eastbound entry slip at junction J7 . 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 January 2020 to 1 February 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: January 21, 2020, 7:43 pm
Location : The M2 eastbound between junctions J6 and J7 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 30 January 2020 to 06:00 on 31 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: January 20, 2020, 8:15 pm
Location : The M2 eastbound entry slip at junction J4 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 27 January 2020 to 30 January 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: January 20, 2020, 8:15 pm
Location : The M2 westbound entry slip at junction J6 . Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 30 January 2020 to 06:00 on 31 January 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: January 20, 2020, 8:15 pm
Location : The M2 westbound between junctions J6 and J5 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 30 January 2020 to 06:00 on 31 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: January 20, 2020, 8:15 pm
Location : The M2 eastbound exit slip at junction J6 . Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 30 January 2020 to 06:00 on 31 January 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: January 20, 2020, 8:15 pm
Location : The M2 eastbound entry slip at junction J6 . Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 30 January 2020 to 06:00 on 31 January 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: January 20, 2020, 8:15 pm
Location : The M2 eastbound between junctions J4 and J5 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 27 January 2020 to 30 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: January 20, 2020, 8:15 pm
Location : The M2 westbound between junctions J5 and J4 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 27 January 2020 to 30 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: January 20, 2020, 8:15 pm
Location : The M2 eastbound at junction J4 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 27 January 2020 to 30 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: January 20, 2020, 8:15 pm
Location : The M2 eastbound between junctions J3 and J4 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 27 January 2020 to 30 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: January 20, 2020, 8:15 pm
Location : The M2 westbound entry slip at Medway Services. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 27 January 2020 to 30 January 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: January 20, 2020, 8:15 pm
Location : The M2 westbound between junctions J4 and J3 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 27 January 2020 to 30 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: January 20, 2020, 8:15 pm
Location : The M2 westbound entry slip at junction J4 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 27 January 2020 to 30 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: January 20, 2020, 8:15 pm
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J6 and J10 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:06 on 13 January 2020 to 06:00 on 27 January 2020.
Posted: January 17, 2020, 2:36 pm
Location : The M2 westbound between junctions J7 and J6 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:02 on 8 January 2020 to 06:00 on 17 March 2020.
Posted: January 17, 2020, 2:36 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: January 17, 2020, 2:36 pm

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