Traffic disruption for months to come on M20 between Hollingbourne and Ashford.

Hollingbourne Parish Council has received information about the forthcoming night time closure of the M20 London bound carriageway between Junction 9 in Ashford and Junction 8 in Hollingbourne so that the London bound carriageway can be prepared for carrying traffic in both directions so that the coast bound carriageway can be used for storing up to 3000 vehicles if there are delays at the Channel ports caused by industrial action or the lack of seamless Customs arrangements after Brexit. The Port of Dover estimates that it takes a lorry an average of two minutes to pass through Customs at present and that this will increase to 20 minutes if the UK is no longer in the EU Customs Union or some alternative system has not been put in place. It is expected that if there are delays at Dover and the Channel Tunnel then other roads leading top the M20 will be badly affected. 

The following is taken from an e-mail that has been sent to Maidstone Borough Council but not as yet officially received by Hollingbourne Parish Council. It appears that Operation Stack is being renamed Operation Brock.

Dear Sir/ Madam,

This email is to inform you of disruption to the M20 between Junctions 7 and 9 over the coming months. Please use this information to inform your staff and customers of potential disruption so they can take this into account when planning their journeys. If you wish to discuss this further please reply to this email with the job title, email and phone number of the relevant person in your organisation along with the key questions / issues you would like to discuss.

Highways England are developing a temporary traffic management solution on the M20 that will allow two-way travel on the London-bound carriageway between junctions 8 at Maidstone and 9 at Ashford, should disruption at the ports mean the coast-bound carriageway is required to manage port-bound HGVs.

To make the road safe for this temporary solution some minor works will be required to the safety barrier and hard shoulder. In addition to these works, routine repairs to the road surface are also planned. These works will commence in early July 2018 and continue through to March 2019. During this time sections of the road between Junction 8 and 9 will be reduced to two lanes on the London-bound carriageway.
In addition a full closure of the London-bound carriageway is planned on the nights of 8 – 13 July 2018 as detailed in the table below.

Date Time Closure Diversion Route
Sunday 8 July – 6am Saturday 14 July 2018 10pm – 6am M20 London-bound overnight closure x 6 Nights between Jn 9 and 7. For vehicles less than 4.7m via A20 – A249 – M20
For vehicles greater than 4.7m via M20(south) – A20 – A2 – M2 – A249 A28 –M20
Note: All closures will be subject to change and are weather dependent.
The diversion plan is attached and copied below.
There will be further closures in August (date to be confirmed).
Please also be aware that there will be other works carried out on the M20 at Jn 3-5 and Jn10 during this period as part of our commitment to improve the Kent Corridor.

Kind regards,

The M20 Temporary Solution Team

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