Solutions to Operation Stack: managing freight traffic in Kent

Improving the way we deal with traffic congestion created by extraordinary cross-Channel disruption.

Region:  South East
Start date:  TBC
Cost:  TBC
Status:  PLANNED
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  TBC
Programme:  Operation Stack solutions

Progress report

Our recent public information exercise that ran from 11 June to 22 July 2018 is now closed.

We organised seven public exhibitions in Ashford, Canterbury, Dover, Folkestone and Maidstone and visited various motorway service areas and truckstops.

We also promoted our exercise via local libraries, newspapers, radio, television, Twitter and this website. We held briefing sessions with local MPs and councillors, the statutory environmental bodies and representatives for the Kent ports and haulage industry.

We'd like to thank everyone who provided their views.

We asked for everyone’s views on our proposed approach to develop one or more lorry holding areas to reduce the congestion in Kent caused by cross-Channel disruption. These could be located:

  • on-road: within or alongside existing motorway boundaries
  • off-road: on sites close to motorways or major roads
  • at a combination of the above

Please note that we have not proposed any locations or sites at this stage. The map and the arrow broadly show where Operation Stack affects the M20.

We're also considering whether everyday 24-hour lorry parking should be provided at lorry holding areas to reduce the problem of illegal or inappropriate lorry parking in Kent, and whether they should include any border control facilities for lorries.

How to get involved

During summer and autumn 2018 we'll continue to talk to many parties, including Kent County Council, local councils, Kent Police, the ports and the haulage industry. We'll provide updates via this webpage, but can be contacted at any time via KentLorryArea@highwaysengland.co.uk.

What's next

The public information exercise was just the first step of a wider consultation process. With the public information exercise now completed, we're analysing all the comments and feedback we received. We'll report our analysis back to government and the public.

If a scheme is progressed, we intend to consult on more detailed options and proposals in winter 2018/19.

Any scheme that is taken forward will involve extensive public consultation and will require a full environmental impact assessment.

Timeline

Date Event
Winter 2018/19 Non-statutory consultation on options
TBC Preferred solution announced

Why we need this scheme

Without intervention, existing and likely future issues will continue to put pressure on motorways and roads in Kent. Doing nothing is not an option so a permanent solution is required.

Forecasts tell us that trafÔ¨Āc is expected to increase on the M20/A20 and M2/A2. The number of lorries travelling to and from the Kent ports is also expected to increase signiÔ¨Ācantly. Since severe weather, equipment failure and other disruptive events can never be completely avoided, the risk is that Operation Stack will be implemented more frequently if action is not taken. Without action, the safety and journey time reliability of everybody using the motorways and local roads in Kent is likely to be affected.

Because of this, the Government has instructed Highways England to explore a lorry holding area solution that would avoid the need to activate Operation Stack in all but the most exceptional circumstances.

Aims

The aims of the scheme include the following:

  • consider the provision of a lorry holding area solution that reduces traffic congestion in Kent during periods of cross-Channel disruption
  • consider additional everyday 24-hour parking as part of a lorry holding area solution to reduce illegal or inappropriate lorry parking in Kent
  • provide a solution that is safe to operate and maintain
  • understand existing and forecast numbers of lorries crossing the Channel or delivering goods in Kent to ensure an appropriate number of lorry spaces can be provided at lorry holding area facilities
  • avoid discouraging the commercial sector from bringing forward plans for additional lorry parking and/or border control facilities
  • being operationally resilient so that a range of disruption issues can be managed flexibly
  • achieving compliance with Highways England strategic aims to deliver economic growth
  • provide a safe, serviceable and accessible network, provide better customer service, more reliable journey times, and an improved environment.

The scheme in detail

No locations have been shortlisted for potential use as a lorry holding area facility. Should the scheme proceed, we will identify locations following this public information exercise. More details will be added here ahead of the options consultation expected to take place in winter 2018/19.

Project media files and documents

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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 M2 westbound between junctions J3 and J2 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 are closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 20:00 on 13 November 2018. Lanes Closed : There are two of four lanes closed.
Posted: November 13, 2018, 5:16 am
Location : The M2 eastbound exit slip at junction J3 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:03 on 12 November 2018 to 06:00 on 13 November 2018. Schedule : From 20:00 on 13 November 2018 to 06:00 on 14 November 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: November 13, 2018, 3:40 am
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J3 and J5 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 are closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 13 November 2018. Lanes Closed : There are two of three lanes closed.
Posted: November 12, 2018, 10:04 pm
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J8 and J9 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:32 on 12 November 2018 to 06:00 on 13 November 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: November 12, 2018, 8:47 pm
Location : The M20 eastbound entry slip at junction J8 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:35 on 12 November 2018 to 06:00 on 13 November 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: November 12, 2018, 8:35 pm
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J7 and J10 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 13 November 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: November 12, 2018, 8:06 pm
Location : The M20 westbound exit slip at junction J8 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 13 November 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: November 12, 2018, 8:03 pm
Location : The M2 eastbound at junction J3 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder, lanes 1 and 2 are closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 13 November 2018. Lanes Closed : There are two of three lanes closed.
Posted: November 12, 2018, 8:03 pm
Location : The M2 eastbound between junctions J2 and J3 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder, lanes 1 and 2 are closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 13 November 2018. Lanes Closed : There are two of four lanes closed.
Posted: November 12, 2018, 8:03 pm
Location : The M20 westbound between junctions J9 and J7 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 19:58 on 12 November 2018 to 06:00 on 13 November 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: November 12, 2018, 8:00 pm
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J4 and J6 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 12:56 on 9 November 2018 to 06:00 on 24 February 2019.
Posted: November 12, 2018, 7:04 pm
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J3 and J7 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 10:52 on 9 November 2018 to 06:00 on 24 February 2019.
Posted: November 12, 2018, 6:54 pm
Location : The M2 eastbound entry slip at junction J5 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 17:00 from 13 November 2018 to 16 November 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 17:00 from 19 November 2018 to 23 November 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 17:00 from 26 November 2018 to 30 November 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 17:00 from 3 December 2018 to 7 December 2018.
Posted: November 12, 2018, 5:01 pm
Location : The M2 eastbound between junctions J5 and J7 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 15 November 2018 to 06:00 on 16 November 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: November 12, 2018, 9:50 am
Location : The M20 eastbound exit slip at junction J5 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 16 November 2018 to 06:00 on 19 November 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 1 February 2019 to 3 February 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 8 February 2019 to 10 February 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 15 February 2019 to 17 February 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: November 12, 2018, 6:01 am
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J5 and J6 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 16 November 2018 to 06:00 on 19 November 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 1 February 2019 to 3 February 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 8 February 2019 to 10 February 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 15 February 2019 to 17 February 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: November 12, 2018, 6:01 am
Location : The M20 eastbound exit slip at junction J6 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 16 November 2018 to 06:00 on 19 November 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 1 February 2019 to 3 February 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 8 February 2019 to 10 February 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 15 February 2019 to 17 February 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: November 12, 2018, 6:01 am
Location : The M20 eastbound entry slip at junction J4 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 16 November 2018 to 06:00 on 19 November 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 1 February 2019 to 3 February 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 8 February 2019 to 10 February 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 15 February 2019 to 17 February 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: November 12, 2018, 6:01 am
Location : The M20 eastbound at junction J6 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 16 November 2018 to 06:00 on 19 November 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 1 February 2019 to 3 February 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 8 February 2019 to 10 February 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 15 February 2019 to 17 February 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: November 12, 2018, 6:01 am
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J4 and J6 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 11 November 2018 to 06:00 on 12 November 2018. Schedule : From 22:00 on 16 November 2018 to 06:00 on 19 November 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: November 12, 2018, 3:03 am
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J6 and J10 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:11 on 4 November 2018 to 06:00 on 1 April 2019.
Posted: November 10, 2018, 1:25 am
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J8 and J9 . Lane Closures : Lane three is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 08:30 on 15 November 2018. Lanes Closed : There is one of three lanes closed.
Posted: November 10, 2018, 1:19 am
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J8 and J9 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 10:00 on 9 November 2018 to 08:30 on 22 November 2018.
Posted: November 10, 2018, 1:19 am
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J7 and J10 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 22:00 on 8 November 2018 to 06:00 on 22 December 2018.
Posted: November 10, 2018, 1:18 am
Location : The M2 westbound between junctions J4 and J3 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 21:01 on 30 October 2018 to 06:00 on 18 November 2018.
Posted: November 9, 2018, 2:46 pm
Location : The M2 eastbound between junctions J2 and J4 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2, 3 and 4 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 14 November 2018 to 16 November 2018. Schedule : From 20:00 on 23 November 2018 to 06:00 on 24 November 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 3 December 2018 to 7 December 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: November 9, 2018, 2:46 pm
Location : The M2 westbound at junction J3 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 14 November 2018 to 16 November 2018. Schedule : From 20:00 on 23 November 2018 to 06:00 on 24 November 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 3 December 2018 to 6 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: November 9, 2018, 2:46 pm
Location : The M20 westbound entry slip at junction J5 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 16 November 2018 to 06:00 on 19 November 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: November 9, 2018, 2:46 pm
Location : The M20 westbound exit slip at junction J8 . 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 13 November 2018 to 15 November 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 21 November 2018 to 25 November 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 2 December 2018 to 8 December 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 1 February 2019 to 1 April 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: November 9, 2018, 2:46 pm
Location : The M20 westbound exit slip at junction J7 . 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 13 November 2018 to 15 November 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 21 November 2018 to 25 November 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 2 December 2018 to 8 December 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 1 February 2019 to 1 April 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: November 9, 2018, 2:46 pm
Location : The M2 eastbound between junctions J2 and J4 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:03 on 5 November 2018 to 06:00 on 24 January 2019.
Posted: November 9, 2018, 2:46 pm
Location : The M20 westbound between junctions J6 and J5 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 16 November 2018 to 06:00 on 19 November 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: November 9, 2018, 2:46 pm
Location : The M20 westbound exit slip at junction J4 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 15 November 2018 to 06:00 on 16 November 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: November 9, 2018, 2:46 pm
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J6 and J9 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2, 3 and 4 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 13 November 2018 to 15 November 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: November 9, 2018, 2:46 pm
Location : The M20 westbound entry slip at junction J7 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 16 November 2018 to 06:00 on 17 November 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: November 9, 2018, 2:46 pm
Location : The M2 westbound between junctions J4 and J3 . 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 13 November 2018 to 15 November 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: November 9, 2018, 2:46 pm
Location : The M2 westbound exit slip at junction J5 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 15 November 2018 to 06:00 on 16 November 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 19 November 2018 to 21 November 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 8 December 2018 to 22 December 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 6 January 2019 to 18 January 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: November 9, 2018, 2:46 pm
Location : The M20 westbound entry slip at junction J6 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 16 November 2018 to 06:00 on 19 November 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: November 9, 2018, 2:46 pm
Location : The M2 westbound between junctions J3 and J2 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 14 November 2018 to 16 November 2018. Schedule : From 20:00 on 23 November 2018 to 06:00 on 24 November 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 3 December 2018 to 6 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes closed.
Posted: November 9, 2018, 2:46 pm
Location : The M2 westbound between junctions J3 and J1 . 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 13 November 2018 to 15 November 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: November 9, 2018, 2:46 pm
Location : The M2 eastbound exit slip at junction J3 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 14 November 2018 to 16 November 2018. Schedule : From 20:00 on 23 November 2018 to 06:00 on 24 November 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 3 December 2018 to 7 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: November 9, 2018, 2:46 pm
Location : The M2 westbound between junctions J4 and J2 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 14 November 2018 to 06:00 on 24 January 2019.
Posted: November 9, 2018, 2:46 pm
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J8 and J9 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 08:30 on 15 November 2018 to 08:30 on 22 November 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: November 9, 2018, 2:46 pm
Location : The M20 eastbound exit slip at junction J8 . 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 13 November 2018 to 15 November 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: November 9, 2018, 2:46 pm
Location : The M20 westbound entry slip at junction J8 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 14 November 2018 to 06:00 on 15 November 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 21 November 2018 to 25 November 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 2 December 2018 to 8 December 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 1 February 2019 to 1 April 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: November 9, 2018, 2:46 pm
Location : The M20 eastbound entry slip at junction J7 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 13 November 2018 to 15 November 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: November 9, 2018, 2:46 pm
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J4 and J5 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 15 November 2018 to 06:00 on 16 November 2018. Schedule : From 20:00 on 19 November 2018 to 06:00 on 20 November 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: November 9, 2018, 2:46 pm
Location : The M20 westbound between junctions J6 and J6 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 15 November 2018 to 06:00 on 17 November 2018.
Posted: November 9, 2018, 2:46 pm
Location : The M20 westbound entry slip at junction J6 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 16 November 2018 to 06:00 on 19 November 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: November 9, 2018, 2:46 pm
Location : The M20 westbound between junctions J6 and J4 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 16 November 2018 to 06:00 on 19 November 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: November 9, 2018, 2:46 pm

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