Operation Brock barriers to be removed this weekend
The Operation Brock contraflow will be removed this weekend; the M20 motorway will return to three full-width lanes at the national speed limit in both directions, confirmed Highways England. The work to remove the barriers will be completed under a full closure of a section of the M20 motorway.
The 15-mile long barrier was initially put in place two weeks ago as a precautionary measure in anticipation of increased international travel by car drivers from the end of coronavirus restriction in the UK two weeks ago. However, the precaution doesn’t seem to be vital, therefore the barriers will be removed this weekend.
The work to remove the barriers will be completed under a full closure of the M20 on the coastbound from junctions 7 to 9, and on the Londonbound from junctions 9 to 8 from 8pm on Saturday (July 31) until 8am on Sunday (August 1).
Once removed, the moveable barrier will sit along the M20 should the contraflow be re-activated for any future cross-channel disruption and clearly signed diversion routes will be in place on the A20.
The Londonbound diversion route will mean traffic being diverted from Junction 9 towards the A20 Maidstone then re-join the M20 motorway at junction 8. This diversion does not apply for vehicles over 4.7m in height who are instructed to turn around at junction 9 to re-join the M20 towards Dover, then the A20 Dover, then follow the A2 Canterbury, then the M2 London toexit the motorway at junction 7 onto the A249 towards Maidstone.
The coastbound diversion route will involve traffic being diverted from Junction 7 towards the A249 Canterbury then follow the M2 Dover, then A2 Dover, then the A20 London which re-joins the M20.
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