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Part of the M20 motorway in Kent, Great Britain – between junction 8 (Maidstone) and junction 9 (Ashford) – will be closed overnights for a month – starting on Tuesday, 12 February. Therefore, drivers, who drive towards Dover, must prepare for the inconvenience. Traffic restrictions are part of the preparations for Brexit.

The work will pave the way for HGVs travelling to mainland Europe to be held on the coastbound carriageway while a contraflow system will minimise the impact for other people living, working and travelling in Kent – as the British government informs public.

The works are a part of the operation Brock. Roadworks to install the temporary steel barrier on the M20 is starting this weekend and should be completed by mid-March. From Tuesday there will be narrow lanes and a 50mph speed limit. During the overnight closures, a signed diversion will be in place via the A20.

Operation Brock

Operation Brock starts in 2019, involves the introduction of a contraflow system along the whole stretch of coastline between junctions 8 (Maidstone) and 9 (Ashford) on the M20 motorway. It is a 13-mile stretch (about 21 km). Southbound carriageway will be used by heavy goods vehicles queuing to cross the channel. In turn, the northbound lane would be available for other vehicles. In this way, the government wants to reduce traffic on smaller local roads, also allowing access to these two intersections.
The national company Highways England, which deals with the service of British highways, has begun preparatory work for the implementation of the Brock operation. In turn, the British Government has also initiated consultations to create other potential car parks in the M20 area for up to 1500 trucks. By Ad Meskens [CC BY-SA 4.0]


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