Drivers heading to Kent ports reminded to be prepared
As one of the busiest periods of the year for holiday makers continues, drivers travelling in and around Kent are advised to plan ahead as this weekend is likely to be extremely busy.
Operation Brock contraflow remains in place on the M20 and is part of a series of measures to improve Kent’s resilience and ensure the smooth flow of traffic through the region in the event of disruption to services across the English Channel.
National Highways is encouraging people who are heading to Kent for Eurotunnel and the Port of Dover to:
- check the latest advice with their operators before travelling,
- leave extra time for journeys,
- ensure they have enough food and water provisions with them,
- stay up to date about traffic conditions by following @HighwaysSEAST on Twitter or tuning in to local radio,
- check their tyres, water and oil before they set off.
All HGVs heading for the Port of Dover or Eurotunnel must follow the signs to join Operation Brock at M20 junction 8.
Any EU-bound HGVs not complying with signage and trying to use another route to Eurotunnel or the Port of Dover risk a fine of £300. They will also be sent to the back of the queue by Police or enforcement agents, wasting time, fuel and money. This includes trying to bypass the M20 by using the M2/A2 at Brenley Corner.
All other coast bound traffic – including local freight and car drivers headed for the continent – should follow the signs and cross over to enter the contraflow on the M20 London bound carriageway.
As a member of the Kent Resilience Forum (KRF), National Highways is working in partnership with other bodies across Kent to keep the roads moving and minimise disruption to local residents, businesses and communities. The KRF will regularly review if the Operation Brock barrier is still required.
Simple vehicle checks can help drivers avoid breakdowns, have a safer journey, and save time and money. More information can be found by visiting:
For more information on Operation Brock and other travel advice visit: nationalhighways.co.uk/