The final preparations to keep Britain moving after Brexit are taking place as traffic management preparations in Kent are stepped up, according to Highways England and the Department for Transport (DfT).
They said that the Government has worked closely with the Kent Resilience Forum to implement the Operation Brock scheme, which will manage any delays to Europe-bound freight while protecting local roads from disruption.
It will go live on 28 October 2019, aiming to minimise any impacts on local residents, businesses and public services. From 26-27 October there will be overnight closures on the M20 between junctions 7 and 9, so that final preparations can be carried out safely.
Operation Brock uses holding areas for lorry traffic bound for the EU in order to keep the M20 open in both directions in the event of disruption to services across the English Channel.
The planned holding areas are Dover Traffic Assessment Project (TAP), Brock contraflow between M20 junctions 8 and 9, Manston Airfield and the M26 although not all would be used immediately.
The DfT has also launched an information campaign to ensure hauliers know what to expect if they are travelling to the Port of Dover or Eurotunnel in a no-deal Brexit scenario.
Detailed guidance and an Operation Brock map can be found at GOV.UK.
Hauliers have been warned not to rely on Sat Navs during Operation Brock but to follow all road signs, instructions and speed restrictions. Drivers must be ready to show that they have the right documentation to cross the border.
“If you fail to comply with instructions, you may face fines and further delays,” the DfT said.
Once Operation Brock goes live on 28 October, lorries heading for mainland Europe will need to use the coastbound carriageway of the M20 between junctions 8 and 9, with a 30mph speed limit in place.
Traffic officers in Kent will have new and enhanced powers from 31 October to help ensure hauliers are complying with the Operation Brock system.
Last reviewed 15 October 2019