Solutions to Operation Stack: managing freight traffic in KentRecently updated

We are looking at how we improve 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:  

Progress report

Our public information exercise is now open.

We want to hear your 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
  • a combination of the above

Please note that no locations or sites have been selected at this stage. The map broadly shows where Operation Stack affects the M20.

We are 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.

How to get involved

Please take the time to read our brochure. There are various ways to get involved:

  • Complete our online survey
  • Download the questionnaire and return it to Freepost Kent Lorry Area
  • Hard copies of the questionnaire and the brochure are available by:
    • calling 0300 123 5000 (quoting Kent lorry area)
    • email: kentlorryarea@highwaysengland.co.uk
  • Join us at a public event (venues and dates below). Our team will be available to talk through the information and answer any questions
  • Visit a public information point where further information and questionnaires are available (shown below)

The closing date for responses is 11.59pm on Sunday 22 July 2018

Have your say on our consultation page

Public events

Dates & times Locations
2pm to 8pm, 12 June 2018 Sessions House, County Hall, Maidstone, ME14 1XQ
2pm to 8pm, 14 June 2018 Dover Town Hall, The Maison Dieu, Biggin Street, Dover, CT16 1DL
2pm to 8pm, 26 June 2018 Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce, Ashford Business Point, Waterbrook Avenue, Sevington, Ashford, TN24 OLH
2pm to 8pm, 27 June 2018 Westgate Hall, Westgate Hall Road, Canterbury, CT1 2BT
12 noon to 6pm, 30 June 2018 St Mary’s Parish Centre, Church Street, Dover, CT16 1BY
2pm to 8pm, 5 July 2018 Quarterhouse, Mill Bay, Folkestone, CT20 1BN
12 noon to 6pm, 7 July 2018 Sessions House, County Hall, Maidstone, ME14 1XQ

We’ll also be at truck stops and motorway service areas in the region

What's next

This is just the first step of a wider consultation process. After the public information exercise, we will analyse and report on all the comments and feedback we received.

If a scheme is progressed, we intend to consult on more detailed options and proposals in Winter 2018/2019.

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

Timeline

Date Event
Winter 2018-2019 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 2018-2019.

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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 M2 westbound between junctions J6 and J5 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 27 June 2018 to 06:00 on 4 July 2018.
Posted: June 22, 2018, 9:10 am
Location : The M2 eastbound between junctions J5 and J6 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 22 June 2018 to 06:00 on 23 June 2018.
Posted: June 22, 2018, 9:10 am
Location : The M20 westbound exit slip at junction J6 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 22 June 2018 to 06:00 on 23 June 2018. Schedule : From 21:00 on 25 June 2018 to 06:00 on 26 June 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: June 22, 2018, 9:09 am
Location : The M20 westbound exit slip at junction J7 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 05:00 from 27 June 2018 to 29 June 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 22, 2018, 9:09 am
Location : The M2 eastbound entry slip at junction J5 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 17:00 on 22 June 2018.
Posted: June 22, 2018, 9:09 am
Location : The M20 eastbound at junction J6 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 28 June 2018 to 30 June 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: June 22, 2018, 9:09 am
Location : The M20 eastbound entry slip at junction J8 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 25 June 2018 to 06:00 on 26 June 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: June 22, 2018, 9:09 am
Location : The M20 westbound between junctions J8 and J6 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 21:06 on 20 June 2018 to 06:00 on 3 July 2018.
Posted: June 22, 2018, 9:09 am
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 : From 21:00 on 25 June 2018 to 06:00 on 26 June 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: June 22, 2018, 9:09 am
Location : The M20 westbound between junctions J7 and J5 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 22 June 2018 to 06:00 on 23 June 2018. Schedule : From 21:00 on 25 June 2018 to 06:00 on 26 June 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: June 22, 2018, 9:09 am
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: June 22, 2018, 9:09 am
Location : The M20 westbound entry slip at junction J7 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 22 June 2018 to 06:00 on 23 June 2018. Schedule : From 21:00 on 25 June 2018 to 06:00 on 26 June 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: June 22, 2018, 9:09 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 June 2018 to 18 March 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: June 22, 2018, 9:09 am
Location : The M20 eastbound exit slip at junction J7 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 05:00 from 27 June 2018 to 29 June 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 22, 2018, 9:09 am
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J9 and J11 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 22 June 2018 to 06:00 on 18 March 2019.
Posted: June 22, 2018, 9:09 am
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J8 and J9 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 25 June 2018 to 06:00 on 26 June 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: June 22, 2018, 9:09 am
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: June 22, 2018, 9:09 am
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J5 and J9 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 25 June 2018 to 06:00 on 13 July 2018.
Posted: June 22, 2018, 9:09 am

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