The M20 will tonight be closed from Junction 7 to Junction 9 at Ashford in order to remove the 7500 traffic cones and many signs that were installed over last weekend in anticipation of Brexit on 31st October. Now that an extension of the UK membership of the EU has been agreed up to 31st January 2020 or some other date the Highways England is cancelling Operation Brock .
Tonight the M20 past Hollingbourne will closed from 8pm to 6am in order that the cones and signs can be removed. This means that Junction 8 at Hollingbourne may be closed. Operation Brock yesterday produced a number of complaints from motorists who suffered delays.
Operation Brock and the other arrangements to store thousands of lorries awaiting Customs post Brexit is only necessary if the UK leaves the EU Customs Union. Assuming the present Brexit “deal” is accepted then there will be a transition period until 31st December 2020 at which point the UK leaves the EU Customs Union and then Operation Brock could become part of daily life.
Yesterday morning the impact of Operation Brock on local roads included a tailback in to Eyhorne Street.
The Highways England “M20 Temporary Solutions” have been asks for the costs of activating and de-activating Operation Brock.
Pictured below is one of the first vehicles to use the reopened motorway yesterday morning at 7.30am.
Pictured below is the traffic queue yesterday through Hollingbourne which at times reached almost to Station Lane while drivers waited to get on the A20. During the morning rush hour the journey time from the Eyhorne Street Conservation Area is 15-20 minutes.