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

Operation Brock - M20 junctions 8 to 9 temporary solution

To find out more information about the works happening for Operation Brock, please visit our scheme web page.

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 us 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:

  • considering the provision of a lorry holding area solution that reduces traffic congestion in Kent during periods of cross-Channel disruption
  • considering additional everyday 24-hour parking as part of a lorry holding area solution to reduce illegal or inappropriate lorry parking in Kent
  • providing a solution that is safe to operate and maintain
  • understanding 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
  • avoiding 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 our strategic aims to deliver economic growth
  • providing 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'll 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.

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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 J4 and J5 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 are closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 21 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There are two of three lanes closed.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 9:10 pm
Location : The M20 westbound between junctions J6 and J5 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 21:27 on 20 June 2019 to 06:00 on 21 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 8:28 pm
Location : The M20 westbound entry slip at junction J6 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 21:25 on 20 June 2019 to 06:00 on 21 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 8:26 pm
Location : The M20 westbound entry slip at junction J5 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 21:11 on 20 June 2019 to 06:00 on 21 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 8:12 pm
Location : The M20 westbound between junctions J6 and J4 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 21:02 on 20 June 2019 to 06:00 on 21 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 8:03 pm
Location : The M20 westbound exit slip at junction J8 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 21 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 7:21 pm
Location : The M2 westbound between junctions J5 and J4 . Lane Closures : Lane two is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 21 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 7:20 pm
Location : The M2 eastbound between junctions J4 and J5 . Lane Closures : Lane two is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 21 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 7:20 pm
Location : The M20 westbound between junctions J9 and J8 . Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:10 on 20 June 2019 to 05:00 on 21 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 7:20 pm
Location : The M2 eastbound between junctions J3 and J5 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 09:00 on 3 June 2019 to 16:00 on 28 July 2019.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 4:38 pm
Location : The M2 eastbound between junctions J4 and J6 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:06 on 6 June 2019 to 06:00 on 27 July 2019.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 4:38 pm
Location : The M2 eastbound between junctions J4 and J5 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 16:00 on 28 July 2019.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 4:34 pm
Location : The M2 eastbound between junctions J4 and J5 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 26 June 2019 to 06:00 on 29 June 2019.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 1:22 pm
Location : The M2 eastbound exit slip at junction J3 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 26 June 2019 to 06:00 on 27 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 1:22 pm
Location : The M2 westbound between junctions J4 and J3 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 16:00 on 28 July 2019.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 1:02 pm
Location : The M2 eastbound between junctions J3 and J4 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 08:00 on 24 June 2019 to 16:00 on 24 June 2019. Schedule : From 07:00 on 1 July 2019 to 17:00 on 1 July 2019.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 1:02 pm
Location : The M2 westbound between junctions J6 and J4 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:13 on 18 June 2019 to 06:00 on 27 July 2019.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 7:19 am
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 : From 20:00 on 21 June 2019 to 06:00 on 22 June 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 24 June 2019 to 29 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The M20 westbound between junctions J4 and J2 . 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 24 June 2019 to 29 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 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 : From 20:00 on 21 June 2019 to 06:00 on 22 June 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 24 June 2019 to 29 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 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 21 June 2019 to 06:00 on 22 June 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 24 June 2019 to 29 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The M20 westbound entry slip at junction J4 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 21 June 2019 to 24 June 2019. Schedule : From 20:00 on 7 July 2019 to 06:00 on 8 July 2019. Schedule : From 20:00 on 14 July 2019 to 06:00 on 15 July 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 21 July 2019 to 23 July 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The M20 westbound between junctions J6 and J1 . 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 21 June 2019 to 24 June 2019. Schedule : From 20:00 on 7 July 2019 to 06:00 on 8 July 2019. Schedule : From 20:00 on 14 July 2019 to 06:00 on 15 July 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 21 July 2019 to 23 July 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The M20 eastbound exit slip at junction J4 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 21 June 2019 to 24 June 2019. Schedule : From 20:00 on 7 July 2019 to 06:00 on 8 July 2019. Schedule : From 20:00 on 14 July 2019 to 06:00 on 15 July 2019. Schedule : From 20:00 on 17 July 2019 to 06:00 on 18 July 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The M20 eastbound between junctions J3 and J4 . 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 24 June 2019 to 29 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm

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