M20 past Hollingbourne to be closed tonight and tomorrow in preparation for Operation Brock starting on Monday at 6am.

Highways England have this afternoon announced the M20 between Junction 7 for Maidstone and Junction 9 in Ashford will be closed from 8pm to 6am tonight and tomorrow night in preparation for the launch of Operation Brock on Monday morning at 6am (28th October).

This is in spite of the fact that the date for the UK to exit the EU Customs Union has yet to be fixed although the Government last month promised Brexit on 31st October and accordingly the Highways Agency planned for Operation Brock to start at 6am on Monday.

Operation Brock is the arrangement for storing 2100 lorries awaiting Customs at Dover and Folkestone on the coastbound side of the M20 between Junction 8 at Hollingbourne and Junction 9 in Ashford. The London bound side of the M20 will be used as a two lane contraflow system for the thirteen miles from Ashford to Hollingbourne. Operation Brock will mean that it will no longer be able to drive coastbound from Junction 8 at Hollingbourne as the access road will be shut. Travellers wanting to go towards Junction 9 will have to go back to Junction 7.

The full text of today’s Highways Agency announcement is at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/weekend-work-to-activate-operation-brock

Operation Brock after the UK leaves the Customs Union will happen in various stages. Please see below for more details.

Operation Brock Map – 2019.

Parts of Kent that could have traffic problems caused by Operation Brock if the UK leaves the EU Customs Unuion are in pink in the map below.

Kent areas at risk of traffic problems if the UK leaves the EU Customs Union.