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 In November 2017, proposals for this project were withdrawn.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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Planned roadworks

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Location : The M20 westbound between junctions J10A and J9 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 13 August 2020 to 06:00 on 14 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 7, 2020, 7:20 am
Location : The M20 westbound entry slip at junction J13 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 10 August 2020 to 06:00 on 11 August 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 3, 2020, 8:12 pm
Location : The A2070 northbound. Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 31 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 3, 2020, 5:01 am
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 06:00 on 31 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 3, 2020, 5:01 am
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 06:00 on 31 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 3, 2020, 5:01 am
Location : The A2070 southbound. Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 31 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 3, 2020, 5:01 am
Location : The A2070 southbound. Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:52 on 13 July 2020 to 06:00 on 31 August 2020.
Posted: July 31, 2020, 12:29 pm
Location : The A2070 northbound. Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:52 on 13 July 2020 to 06:00 on 31 August 2020.
Posted: July 31, 2020, 12:25 pm

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