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

Progress report

Following the conclusion of the Judicial Review of the M20 Lorry Area the scheme will not be taken forward at this time.

What's next?

The Government cancelled this project in November 2017. Instead, it asked us to progress two projects: a permanent solution to Operation Stack to be taken through the town planning system and a temporary solution to be available from March 2019 if required.

Further details about the temporary solution will be posted to this website in summer 2018.

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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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 J12 and J13 . 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 21 October 2019 to 26 October 2019. Schedule : From 20:00 on 28 October 2019 to 06:00 on 29 October 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 31 October 2019 to 3 November 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 16, 2019, 1:18 pm
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J12 and J13 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 14:09 on 16 October 2019 to 06:00 on 3 November 2019.
Posted: October 16, 2019, 1:09 pm
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 21 October 2019 to 25 October 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 16, 2019, 12:53 pm
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J8 and J9 . 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 21 October 2019 to 25 October 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: October 16, 2019, 12:53 pm
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J11 and J12 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 13:45 on 16 October 2019 to 06:00 on 19 November 2019.
Posted: October 16, 2019, 12:45 pm
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J12 and J13 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 13:44 on 16 October 2019 to 06:00 on 19 November 2019.
Posted: October 16, 2019, 12:44 pm
Location : The A20 eastbound between the junctions with the A260 and the A256 Dover West. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 09:00 on 17 October 2019 to 16:00 on 17 October 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: October 16, 2019, 12:11 pm
Location : The M20 eastbound exit slip at junction J10 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 16 October 2019 to 06:00 on 17 October 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: October 16, 2019, 12:06 pm
Location : The A2070 northbound. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 16 October 2019 to 06:00 on 17 October 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 16, 2019, 12:06 pm
Location : The A20 eastbound between the junctions with the M20 and the A260 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 21 October 2019 to 26 October 2019. Schedule : From 20:00 on 28 October 2019 to 06:00 on 29 October 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 31 October 2019 to 3 November 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 16, 2019, 12:04 pm
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J11A 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 21 October 2019 to 26 October 2019. Schedule : From 20:00 on 28 October 2019 to 06:00 on 29 October 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 31 October 2019 to 3 November 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 16, 2019, 12:04 pm
Location : The M20 eastbound exit slip at junction J13 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 21 October 2019 to 26 October 2019. Schedule : From 20:00 on 28 October 2019 to 06:00 on 29 October 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 31 October 2019 to 3 November 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 16, 2019, 12:04 pm
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J11 and J12 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 17 October 2019 to 06:00 on 18 October 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: October 16, 2019, 7:42 am
Location : The A20 eastbound between the junctions with the A260 and the A256 Dover West. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 16 October 2019 to 06:00 on 17 October 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: October 16, 2019, 5:08 am
Location : The A20 eastbound between the A260 and the junction with the A256 Dover West. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 16 October 2019 to 18 October 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 16, 2019, 5:07 am
Location : The A20 westbound between the A260 and the junction with the M20 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 16 October 2019 to 21 October 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 16, 2019, 5:04 am
Location : The A20 westbound between the A256 Dover West and the junction with the A260 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 16 October 2019 to 21 October 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 16, 2019, 5:04 am
Location : The M20 westbound between junctions J13 and J12 . 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 16 October 2019 to 21 October 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 16, 2019, 5:04 am
Location : The A20 eastbound. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 15 October 2019 to 18 October 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 16, 2019, 4:08 am
Location : The M20 westbound between junctions J9 and J8 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 are closed. Reason : Contraflow. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 23:59 on 31 October 2019. Lanes Closed : There are two of four lanes closed.
Posted: October 15, 2019, 4:20 pm
Location : The A2070 northbound between the junctions with the A2042 and the M20 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:06 on 7 October 2019 to 23:59 on 10 November 2019.
Posted: October 15, 2019, 4:20 pm
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J9 and J11 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 18 October 2019 to 06:00 on 21 December 2019.
Posted: October 15, 2019, 4:20 pm
Location : The M20 westbound between junctions J11 and J9 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 18 October 2019 to 06:00 on 21 December 2019.
Posted: October 15, 2019, 4:20 pm
Location : The A20 westbound between the A256 Dover West and the junction with the A260 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 09:00 on 18 October 2019 to 16:00 on 18 October 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 16:00 from 21 October 2019 to 25 October 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: October 15, 2019, 4:20 pm
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J12 and J13 . 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 21 October 2019 to 28 October 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 15, 2019, 4:20 pm
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J8 and J9 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 16 October 2019 to 06:00 on 17 October 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: October 15, 2019, 4:20 pm
Location : The A2070 southbound between the junctions with the M20 and the A2042 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 21:00 on 25 October 2019. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: October 15, 2019, 4:20 pm
Location : The M20 westbound between junctions J11 and J10 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder and lane 1 are closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 18:00 on 14 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There is one of three lanes closed.
Posted: October 15, 2019, 4:20 pm
Location : The M20 westbound between junctions J11 and J10 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 10:41 on 17 April 2019 to 18:00 on 14 January 2020.
Posted: October 15, 2019, 4:20 pm
Location : The A2070 southbound between the junctions with the M20 and the A2042 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:09 on 7 October 2019 to 23:59 on 10 November 2019.
Posted: October 15, 2019, 4:20 pm
Location : The M20 westbound between junctions J10 and J9 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 21 October 2019 to 06:00 on 1 November 2019.
Posted: October 15, 2019, 4:20 pm
Location : The A2070 southbound between the A2042 and the junction with the A259 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 16 October 2019 to 06:00 on 17 October 2019.
Posted: October 15, 2019, 4:20 pm
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J6 and J10 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 21 October 2019 to 06:00 on 1 November 2019.
Posted: October 15, 2019, 4:20 pm
Location : The A2070 northbound between the junctions with the A2042 and the M20 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 21:00 on 25 October 2019. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: October 15, 2019, 4:20 pm
Location : The A2070 northbound between the A259 and the junction with the A2042 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 16 October 2019 to 06:00 on 17 October 2019.
Posted: October 15, 2019, 4:20 pm
Location : The M20 westbound between junctions J11 and J10 . 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 October 2019 to 21 October 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 15, 2019, 4:20 pm
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J9 and J11 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 10:41 on 17 April 2019 to 18:00 on 14 January 2020.
Posted: October 15, 2019, 4:20 pm
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 : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 18 October 2019 to 24 October 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 28 October 2019 to 31 October 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 4 November 2019 to 9 November 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 2 December 2019 to 7 December 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: October 15, 2019, 4:20 pm
Location : The A20 eastbound between the M20 and the junction with the A256 Dover West. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 21 October 2019 to 28 October 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 15, 2019, 4:20 pm
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J9 and J11 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder and lane 1 are closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 18:00 on 14 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There is one of three lanes closed.
Posted: October 15, 2019, 4:20 pm
Location : The A20 eastbound exit slip to the A260 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 21 October 2019 to 28 October 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 15, 2019, 4:20 pm
Location : The M20 westbound between junctions J11 and J9 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 18 October 2019 to 24 October 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 28 October 2019 to 31 October 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 4 November 2019 to 9 November 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 2 December 2019 to 7 December 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: October 15, 2019, 4:20 pm

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