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As Britain prepares to leave the EU there are likely to be changes to the way people and goods cross the Channel via The Port of Dover and the Channel Tunnel.

The precise nature of these changes is not yet known and depends on the final deal negotiated between the UK government and Brussels. 

It is likely however, that this will entail new border control arrangements on both sides of the Channel which may extend the time it takes to process cross-Channel traffic. This in turn has the potential to cause disruption on Kent’s road network as traffic waits to be processed.

Dover District Council is a partner agency of the Kent Resilience Forum (KRF). The KRF is planning for a wide range of contingencies, including the welfare of those who may be delayed in queues for long periods of time, working proactively with the Department for Transport and Highways England on plans to manage any traffic disruption on Kent's roads.

These plans focus on the specific aim of keeping the M20 motorway open to traffic and to minimise disruption for local residents and businesses.

Contingency plans are also being developed for additional traffic holding areas at the former Manston Airport in Thanet and the M26 motorway in West Kent under a worst case scenario in which additional capacity is required to hold heavy goods vehicle (HGV) traffic. Partners will continue to work together to anticipate the potential issues and develop plans to mitigate the impact on Kent’s communities. The KRF has published details of its contingency plan - please see link below:

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 Operation Brock will work and how it will affect your journey:  

April 2019 Update

Operation Brock – M20 contraflow deactivated 

Highways England has confirmed that work to de-activate a contraflow installed on the M20 in Kent - part of Operation Brock -  has been completed. From 5am on 15th April 2019, three lanes have been restored at 70mph for coastbound traffic. Two lanes and a 50mph speed limit remain in place on the Londonbound carriageway in case Operation Brock needs to be activated again in the coming weeks.

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