Operation Brock barrier removal complete
Work to remove the barrier used for the Operation Brock contraflow on the M20 motorway between Maidstone and Ashford in Kent was completed successfully overnight, Highways England announced today (Friday 31 January).
Three lanes in both directions are now available on the M20 between junctions 8 and 9, and the national speed limit has been restored
Highways England project director Nicky Potts said:
“Operation Brock was a valuable safeguard against disruption for people living, working and travelling in and around Kent. With the threat of disruption now reduced, we have worked quickly to remove it and I am pleased that we’ve been able to complete the work on schedule, removing the last remaining traffic restrictions overnight last night.
“We are grateful for people’s patience when the barrier was in place, and for bearing with us during the overnight closures to remove the barrier.”
The steel barrier was installed between junctions 8 and 9 last year as part of the Operation Brock contingency measures to keep the M20 moving in case of cross-channel disruption.
The barrier had been in place on a 15-mile section of the London-bound M20 between junctions 9 (at Ashford) and 8 (for Maidstone) since March 2019, and reflected the risk of potential traffic disruption during this period.
The removal of the barrier started on Monday 13 January. Around 1,500 metres of barrier was removed each night, road markings were repainted and gaps in the central reservation barrier closed.
More information about Operation Brock is available at: https://highwaysengland.co.uk/OperationBrock/