Brexit: Government activates no-deal motorway plan in Kent

28 October 2019, 07:28

Operation Brock has been activated just three days before a possible no-deal exit from the EU
Operation Brock has been activated just three days before a possible no-deal exit from the EU. Picture: PA
EJ Ward

By EJ Ward

Measures to manage traffic if in the event of a no-deal Brexit have come into force on Monday morning across Kent.

Even though EU leaders will meet on Monday to discuss an extension to the UK's exit from the European Union, the Government have enacted Operation Brock across motorways in Kent.

Operation Brock is part of no-deal planning which will activate special measures to manage traffic on motorways in Kent.

Lorries heading for Europe will face a 30mph limit on a 13-mile stretch of the coast-bound carriage of the M20.

On Monday morning the roadworks which were implemented over the weekend have overrun causing major disruption.

All other traffic on the motorway - including lorries carrying out UK deliveries - must use a 50mph contraflow of two lanes in each direction on the London-bound side of the road.

Several holding areas to park lorries are also available to be activated if required, including at Manston Airfield.

Advice from Highways England suggests people travelling on the M20 should bring extra food and water in case their journey is delayed.

Highways England south east operations director Nicola Bell said:" Operation Brock is part of a set of measures put in place to allow the M20 and the rest of Kent to keep moving in the event of cross-channel disruption.

We have worked extensively with our partners in Kent to ensure that the county is as prepared as possible for any disruption to cross-channel services. We thank road users in advance for their patience while we carry out this necessary work."