M20 lorry areaRecently updated

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 Highways England 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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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 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: July 22, 2018, 12:09 pm
Location : The M20 westbound between junctions J11 and J10 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 22 July 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 18 March 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 22, 2018, 5:01 am
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J9 and J11 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 22 July 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 18 March 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 22, 2018, 5:01 am
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J9 and J11 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:00 on 20 July 2018 to 06:00 on 18 March 2019.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 7:01 pm
Location : The M20 westbound between junctions J11 and J10 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:00 on 20 July 2018 to 06:00 on 18 March 2019.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 7:01 pm
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J9 and J11 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 14:41 on 4 May 2018 to 18:00 on 14 January 2020.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J11 and J12 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 24 July 2018 to 06:00 on 25 July 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 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: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M20 westbound between junctions J10 and J9 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:02 on 19 July 2018 to 06:00 on 3 August 2018.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M20 westbound between junctions J11 and J10 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 14:41 on 4 May 2018 to 18:00 on 14 January 2020.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M20 westbound between junctions J12 and J11 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 24 July 2018 to 06:00 on 25 July 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M20 westbound between junctions J12 and J11 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 23 July 2018 to 06:00 on 24 July 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 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 21:00 on 23 July 2018 to 06:00 on 24 July 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm

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