The Operation Brock contraflow on the M20 in Kent has been put back into operation as a precaution due to the suspension of P&O ferry services.
The disruption to freight is expected to last for at least ten days which increases the risk of queues and congestion on cross-channel routes.
The contraflow, which is created by National Highways’ moveable barrier and runs along the 16-mile stretch of carriageway between Junctions 8 and 9, reduces the impact of major disruption by allowing traffic to keep flowing on the motorway in both directions.
The installation of Brock means lorries heading to the Continent are legally required to follow the signed HGV routes to the Port of Dover and Eurotunnel.
“Given the ongoing suspension of P&O services, KRF partners have agreed to implement the Brock contraflow,” explained Kent Resilience Forum Strategic Planning Lead, Kent County Council’s Corporate Director for Growth, Environment and Transport Simon Jones.
“Collectively, we believe this is best way to protect local communities, keep Kent and goods moving as smoothly as possible and give people the opportunity to reach their destination quickly and safely.
“We are committed to keeping the deployment of the barrier under constant review and removing it as soon as possible. Meanwhile, I would like to thank everyone for their patience during this time.”
“We’ve seen in the past how the moveable barrier on the M20 works well, enabling the steady flow of freight into Eurotunnel and the Port of Dover whist ensuring motorists can get to where they need to with minimum fuss, whatever the circumstances,” added Nicola Bell, Highways England Regional Director. “Ensuring the smooth flow of traffic in Kent is a top priority and along with our Kent Resilience Forum partners believe Operation Brock to be the best way to allow the local communities and businesses to go about their daily business with minimal disruption. I would urge hauliers to follow the signs on the M20 and stick to the official route.”
(Picture – National Highways)