Overnight Closures on the M20 between Hollingbourne and Ashford for Operation Brock.

Hollingbourne Parish Council has received the following notice from the Highways Agency about overnight closures on the M20 between Junction 8 and 9 in preparation for turning the M20 into a lorry park for 2000 vehicles on the assumption that the UK leaves the EU Customs Union and Single Market on 29th March 2019. Although the works are described as a temporary arrangement it could become permanent with a significant traffic impact on the A20 and other local roads. The M20 coastbound will be used to store lorries awaiting Customs at Dover and Eurotunnel while the London bound side will be used for traffic flowing both directions with a 50mph limit.

No information is currently available with regard to facilities for lorry drivers parked on the coast bound side or access for emergency vehicles in the event of incidents on the London bound side where the traffic will flow in both directions.

M20 Between Maidstone and Ashford: Operation Brock roadworks

As part of the Kent Resilience Forum, Highways England has been working closely with Kent’s local authorities and police on a new plan to keep Kent moving if there is disruption at either Eurotunnel or the Port of Dover.

This plan, known as Operation Brock, will manage the flow of port-bound lorries through Kent. A key part of the new plan is the use of a contraflow system on M20 between junctions 8-9. If it is decided Operation Brock is needed, HGVs heading for continental Europe will use the coast-bound carriageway, while all other traffic will use the contraflow on the other side of the M20.

Highways England will start installing the temporary steel barrier that will separate the contraflow lanes on Monday 11 February. The works are due to be completed by 11 March 2019. These works will be carried out overnight and for the safety of those installing the barriers, the M20 will close between junctions 9 and 8 or 7.

During the overnight closures a clearly signed diversion will be in place via the A20. If you need to travel while these works are taking place, we recommend you plan ahead and allow more time for your journeys. The M20 will remain open to all traffic during the day, with a reduced speed limit of 50mph in place through the installed sections of the barrier.

We will also use these closures to carry out other works needed for Operation Brock, including hard shoulder resurfacing and carriageway maintenance and, verge strengthening and safety improvements.

Dates and times of carriageway and lane closures

Start Date End Date Time London-bound carriageway J9-J7
Sat 9 Feb Mon 11 Mar 8pm – 6am Overnight closures
Tues 12 Feb Mon 11 Mar 6am – 8pm Daytime narrow lanes and 50mph restriction

We have carefully planned and co-ordinated our works but there may be some changes in the event of adverse weather or other unplanned events.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our project team at: M20TemporarySolution@highwaysengland.co.uk

Thank you for your cooperation whilst this essential work is carried out.

Yours sincerely,

Nicky Potts,
Project Director, Operation Brock
Highways England | Bridge House | 1 Walnut Tree Close | Guildford | GU1 4LZ Web: http://www.highways.co.uk

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Pictured below is preparatory work in December 2018 when the London bound side had a temporary barrier installed in the middle. It was noted that the number of traffic accidents appeared to increase. The picture was taken from the Eyhorne Street bridge.