No-deal Brexit motorway plan comes into force
'Operation Brock' designed to keep M20 motorway open in both directions in the event of disruption to cross-Channel services
'Operation Brock,' a plan to manage traffic congestion in the event of disruption to cross-Channel services was activated earlier today, in preparation for the UK’s exit from the EU on 31 October.
It came as EU leaders agreed in principle to extend Brexit until 31 January 2020.
Roadworks were carried out on the M20 motorway in Kent over the weekend, notably to create a contraflow system for traffic.
In a statement, the Department for Transport (DfT) said: “Drivers of lorries weighing more than 7.5 tonnes heading for Eurotunnel or the Port of Dover on the M20 should follow signs directing them onto the coastbound carriageway of the M20 between junction 8 for Maidstone and junction 9 for Ashford. A 30mph speed limit is in place and, in the event of disruption at the ports, lorries could be queued on this section of motorway, the Department for Transport (DfT) said in a statement.
“All other drivers can continue their journeys as normal. On the M20, two lanes remain open to traffic in each direction between junctions 8 and 9, using a contraflow on the London-bound carriageway, with a 50mph speed limit in place,” it added.
Highways England south east operations director, Nicola Bell said: “We have worked extensively with our partners in Kent to ensure that the county is as prepared as possible for any disruption to cross-channel services.”
Operation Brock has stages that can be deployed sequentially, scaling up or down to meet demand. In addition to the M20 contraflow, lorries can be routed to Manston Airfield and, if needed, the M26 motorway can be closed and used to queue HGVs too.
Operation Brock was first introduced in March 2019, several days ahead of the original scheduled Brexit date, before being stood down when the UK was granted an extension by the EU.
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