Brock contraflow removed on the M20

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The controversial Operation Brock contraflow was removed from the M20 last Saturday. However, the 50mph speed limit will remain.

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06.09.2022
Brock contraflow removed on the M20
Photo: Danno uk, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

In a statement, Kent Resilience Forum said the move to take down Operation Brock would allow National Highways to resume essential safety works to permanently relocate the barrier that forms the coastbound contraflow at the heart of the contraflow system, between Junctions 8 (Maidstone) and 9 (Ashford), from the hard shoulder to the central reservation.

Commenting on the move, Simon Jones, Kent Resilience Forum Strategic Lead, said:

“KRF partners promised our residents, businesses and hauliers we would keep the use of Brock under continual review and remove it as soon as it was practical to do so. With the summer getaway now coming to an end we are able to safely deliver on our pledge.”

Jones continued:

“We will continue to work together and use traffic management, our current best available option, to do everything we can to keeping Kent moving, and open for business, and communities protected from the worst impacts of disruption. As always, I thank everyone for their continued patience.”

The barrier relocation works, including an extensive drainage upgrade for the central reservation for the 13-mile stretch between Junctions 8 and 9, plus new signage, are set to continue at least until early next year.

The project also requires the current 50mph speed limit to stay in place on both carriageways.

Sean Martell, Head of Service Delivery at National Highways, added:

“Storing the moveable barrier on the M20 London-bound hard shoulder was only a temporary measure. Moving the structure to the central reservation will allow the hard shoulder between Ashford and Maidstone to be re-instated to its original width.”


Photo: Danno uk, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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