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 J8 and J9 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 16:00 on 6 December 2019.
Posted: December 6, 2019, 9:00 am
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 : From 21:00 on 6 December 2019 to 06:00 on 7 December 2019. Schedule : From 21:00 on 9 December 2019 to 06:00 on 10 December 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 12 December 2019 to 14 December 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 16 December 2019 to 20 December 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: December 6, 2019, 6:06 am
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 : From 21:00 on 6 December 2019 to 06:00 on 7 December 2019. Schedule : From 21:00 on 9 December 2019 to 06:00 on 10 December 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 12 December 2019 to 14 December 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 16 December 2019 to 20 December 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: December 6, 2019, 6:06 am
Location : The A2 westbound between the A256 Whitfield West and the junction with the A260 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 6 December 2019 to 06:00 on 7 December 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 9 December 2019 to 14 December 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 16 December 2019 to 20 December 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 2 January 2020 to 4 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 6, 2019, 6:02 am
Location : The A2 eastbound between the A260 and the junction with the A256 Whitfield West . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 6 December 2019 to 06:00 on 7 December 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 9 December 2019 to 14 December 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 16 December 2019 to 20 December 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 2 January 2020 to 4 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 6, 2019, 6:02 am
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J8 and J9 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 14:32 on 5 December 2019 to 16:00 on 6 December 2019.
Posted: December 5, 2019, 2:45 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: December 5, 2019, 2:45 pm
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J9 and J11 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 21:00 on 2 December 2019 to 06:00 on 20 December 2019.
Posted: December 5, 2019, 2:45 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: December 5, 2019, 2:45 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: December 5, 2019, 2:45 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: December 5, 2019, 2:45 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: December 5, 2019, 2:45 pm
Location : The M20 westbound between junctions J11 and J9 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 21:01 on 2 December 2019 to 06:00 on 20 December 2019.
Posted: December 5, 2019, 2:45 pm
Location : The A2 eastbound between the junctions with the A260 and the A256 Whitfield West . Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 23:00 on 7 December 2019 to 05:00 on 8 December 2019.
Posted: December 5, 2019, 2:45 pm
Location : The A2 westbound between the junctions with the A256 Whitfield West and the A260 . Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 23:00 on 7 December 2019 to 05:00 on 8 December 2019.
Posted: December 5, 2019, 2:45 pm

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