The Operation Brock contraflow system is designed to keep traffic on the M20 and other roads in Kent moving when there is disruption to travel across the English Channel
Status of Operation Brock
M20 is closed
We will be lifting the contraflow this weekend (31 July to 1 August 2021)
This weekend we will remove the contraflow between M20 junctions 8 to 9.
This will involve closing the M20 from 8pm on Saturday 31 July to remove the concrete barrier.
We aim to reopen the M20 to run as normal from 8am on Sunday 1 August.
We will update the status of Operation Brock on this page.
When there’s any sort of disruption in the channel, HGV traffic on the M20 heading for the Port of Dover or the Eurotunnel has nowhere to go.
That’s why there’s now a contraflow system in place, that we call ‘Brock’, which can be set up overnight. It separates traffic into different lanes across both carriageways and keeps the M20 and other local roads open and moving.
It means, once the contraflow is in, if you’re on the M20 but not going to the port or the Eurotunnel, you can continue your journey as normal. At the same time, it helps control how port-bound HGVs make their way to the Port of Dover or the Eurotunnel.
We'll use these alerts at the top of this page to tell you the status of Operation Brock:
M20 is closed
M20 is open but contraflow in use
M20 is running as normal (no contraflow)
How often is the contraflow in use?
Most of the time the contraflow won’t be in use – that means the M20 is running completely as normal.
Why do we close the M20?
To safely install the contraflow we must close the motorway overnight. During these closures clearly signed local diversions will be in place. When we reopen the M20 the contraflow will be in place and in use.
What to do if the contraflow is in use
If you see on this page that the contraflow is ‘in’ you can still use the M20, but you should allow more time for your journey. Because it’s a contraflow and the road layout is different, a speed limit of 50 mph will be in place. This also means the motorway continues to run in both directions.
If you’re not going to the ports but travelling within Kent, all you need do is get into the correct lane and drive through the temporary lane layout within the speed limit.
If you’re travelling to the ports or the Eurotunnel when the contraflow is in, you may want to think about making your journey as it means there’s disruption across the channel. Please and check with your ferry or train operator to see if you should travel. If you go ahead with your journey, once you get to junction 8 on the M20 you’ll need to join the correct lane where you’ll be held as we’ll be managing the flow of traffic into the ports.
If you’re coming into the UK and using the M20, between junctions 9 and 8 you’ll use the two-way contraflow system on the London-bound carriageway. A 50mph speed limit will be in place. Signs will guide you into the contraflow at junction 9 and out at junction 8.
From time to time, we'll need to close the M20 to maintain the moveable concrete barrier.
You can find out more about routine closures on our Travel Alerts page or by following our regional Twitter feed.