M20 lorry area

This project comprised the creation of a solution to alleviate the problems caused by cross-channel disruption. The proposal was to create a lorry area at Stanford West near junction 11 of the M20.

Region:  South East
Start date:  N/A
Cost:  ¬£250 million
Status:  Cancelled
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  N/A
Programme:  Operation Stack solutions

This project is no longer being developed. In November 2017, proposals for this project were withdrawn.

Why we need this scheme

Over recent decades, the number of lorries crossing the English Channel has increased seven fold. Nearly 90% of all UK roll-on, roll-off international freight goes through the Strait of Dover and that puts 11,000 lorries per day on Kent’s roads. There are projections that by 2025 the number of these lorries could double. Usually the road network copes well. But unexpected events cause problems, as there is little slack in the system.

Extra parking has recently been provided at the Port of Dover and Eurotunnel, but we expect that severe weather, security threats or industrial action will still mean that queues of lorries have to be held on the M20 using a procedure known as Operation Stack. This happened on 32 days in 2015.

Operation Stack can cause significant problems as it shuts the M20. Kent residents struggle to get to work or school, to medical appointments or to carry out everyday tasks. People from further afield get held up or delayed and businesses are affected.

A solution is required to alleviate the problems caused by cross-channel disruption. In almost all cases, this will keep Kent residents moving and get rid of traffic congestion.

Businesses will keep investing in the area and jobs can be created, leading to greater prosperity both in Kent and internationally.

Aims

The aims of this scheme are to:

  • solve the effects on Kent of disruption to cross-channel services
  • address anti-social lorry parking which occurs around the roads, villages and towns of South East Kent
  • keep Kent moving and enable people to go about their lives as normally as possible when there is disruption at the Channel ports

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Location : The A2 westbound between the A256 Whitfield West and the junction with the A260 . Lane Closures : Lane two is closed. Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 29 February 2020. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: February 28, 2020, 9:01 pm
Location : The A2 eastbound between the A260 and the junction with the A256 Whitfield West . Lane Closures : Lane two is closed. Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 29 February 2020. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: February 28, 2020, 9:01 pm
Location : The M20 westbound between junctions J11 and J9 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 29 February 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: February 28, 2020, 8:42 pm
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J9 and J11 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder, lanes 1 and 2 are closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 29 February 2020. Lanes Closed : There are two of three lanes closed.
Posted: February 28, 2020, 8:04 pm
Location : The A259 eastbound between the A268 and the junction with the A2070 . Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 19:44 on 28 February 2020 to 06:00 on 29 February 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: February 28, 2020, 7:46 pm
Location : The M20 westbound between junctions J13 and J12 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 2 March 2020 to 7 March 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 13 March 2020 to 20 March 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 20 March 2020 to 24 March 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 5 April 2020 to 10 April 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: February 28, 2020, 11:22 am
Location : The A20 westbound between the A256 Dover West and the junction with the A260 . Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 2 March 2020 to 7 March 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 13 March 2020 to 20 March 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 20 March 2020 to 24 March 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 5 April 2020 to 10 April 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: February 28, 2020, 11:22 am
Location : The A20 westbound between the A260 and the junction with the M20 . Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 2 March 2020 to 7 March 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 13 March 2020 to 20 March 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 20 March 2020 to 24 March 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 5 April 2020 to 10 April 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: February 28, 2020, 11:22 am
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 2 March 2020 to 06:00 on 3 March 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: February 28, 2020, 4:20 am
Location : The M20 eastbound entry slip at junction J9 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 2 March 2020 to 14 March 2020. Schedule : From 20:00 on 16 March 2020 to 06:00 on 17 March 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 19 March 2020 to 21 March 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 23 March 2020 to 28 March 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: February 28, 2020, 4:20 am
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J8 and J12 . 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 2 March 2020 to 14 March 2020. Schedule : From 20:00 on 16 March 2020 to 06:00 on 17 March 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 19 March 2020 to 21 March 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 23 March 2020 to 28 March 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: February 28, 2020, 4:20 am
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J8 and J12 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 2 March 2020 to 06:00 on 6 April 2020.
Posted: February 28, 2020, 4:20 am
Location : The A20 westbound. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 5 March 2020 to 06:00 on 6 March 2020. Schedule : From 20:00 on 30 March 2020 to 06:00 on 31 March 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: February 28, 2020, 4:20 am

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