Operation Brock is a set of measures to keep the M20 open in both directions between junctions 8 and 9 in the event of disruption to services across the English Channel, by using different holding areas.
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Highways England has announced that new measures to improve Kent’s resilience when services across the English Channel are disrupted will be ready for use from 25th March. Find out how it will work and how it will affect your journey.
The following is taken from Highways England:
Phase 1 – In the event of excessive disruption to services across the English Channel, improved holding capacity in the Port of Dover and Eurotunnel, as well as on the A20 approach to the port (Dover TAP), would be used.
Phase 2 – If phase 1 capacity is reached, we will start queuing Europe bound lorries that are 7.5 tonnes and over on the coast bound section of the M20 between junction 8 and 9 with cars and other vehicles using a contraflow on the London-bound carriageway.
Phase 3 – If phase 2 becomes full, lorries heading for Port of Dover will be directed to Manston Airfield, while the M20 is used to hold traffic for Eurotunnel. Traffic lights on the A256 after Manston Airfield will help to manage traffic arriving at the port.
Phase 4 – If the M20 holding area and Manston becomes full, the M26 could be used to hold additional lorries heading for Eurotunnel.
As above, part of the Government’s national contingency planning to relieve pressure on the M20 is to redirect lorries heading for Port of Dover to Manston Airport. Work has been underway at Manston by the Department for Transport to prepare for this.
If phase 3 of Operation Brock is activated, this could impact on the local road network in Thanet.
Stay tuned to the local radio, social media and Highways England website for advice and guidance.
Some general advice:
- Check before your travel to ensure you can complete your journey.
- Allow extra travel time and consider alternative routes to your destination in the event of a hold up.
- If using public transport check for any changes to the service that could affect your journey.
- Ensure you take extra food and water, and any prescription medication that may be needed, in the event that your journey is delayed