Announcement from Highways England about Operation Brock on the M20 and overnight closures from tonight.

Hollingbourne Parish Council has now received official information from Highways England about the start of Operation Brock on the M20 at Junction 8 in Hollingbourne at 6am on Monday 25th March. Please Read More for further information.

Dear Stakeholder,

Changes to the M20 junctions 8-9 – 6am on Monday 25 March

I am writing to inform you that from 6am on Monday 25 March we plan to manage the M20 between junctions 8-9 phase of Operation Brock.

A temporary contraflow will operate on the London bound M20 between Junctions 8 and 9. Lorries heading for mainland Europe will be routed down the coast-bound carriageway. All other coast-bound traffic will be directed onto the London-bound carriageway, with two lanes running in each direction at 50mph.

This will form part of Operation Brock, the plan to manage Europe-bound lorries of 7.5 tonnes and over, travelling to and from Eurotunnel and Dover Port in the event of disruption at the ports. This new scheme should ensure all other road users can continue to use the M20 in both directions.

So traffic can safely use this contraflow, we need to carry out roadworks over the weekend to install barriers, crash cushions and road markings as well as variable message signs.

This work will take place overnight as below:
Start date End date London -bound carriageway J9-7
Friday 22
March 8pm Monday 25 March 6am Full overnight closures

Start date End date Coast-bound carriageway J7-9
Saturday 23
March 8pm Monday 25 March 6am Full overnight closures.

Clearly signed diversion routes will be in place to help road users reach their destination.

Should there be changes because of adverse weather or other unplanned events, then we may need further overnight closures Monday 25 March to 6am Fri 29 March. More information about the project is available on our webpage:

If you have any questions please contact one of our project team at:

I would like to thank you for your cooperation whilst this essential work is carried out.

Yours sincerely,

Claire Cobbett
Senior Project Manager, Operation Brock
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Pictured below is Junction 8 of the M20 which will be used for Operation Brock.

THe view toards Junction 8 with the lorry storage area on the right – March 2019.