Operation Stack To Get Revamp Under New Plans
The procedure used by Kent Police for HGVs approaching the Port of Dover on the M20 known as ‘Operation Stack’ is set for a revamp in early 2019.
Currently, Operation Stack is used on the M20 when traffic approaches the English Channel and ferry crossings are disrupted. It was last implemented in 2015 due to industrial action taken by French MyFerryLink ferry operator employees.
The new strategy known as Operation Brock will use a contraflow system on the northbound carriageway, which will allow traffic to travel in both directions between junctions 8 (Maidstone) and 9 (Ashford). Lorries will be able to queue on the southbound carriageway.
The new procedure will allow drivers to access both junctions, rather than divert onto smaller local roads.
Roads minister Jesse Norman said the 'interim plan' will start early in 2019 while a permanent solution is found.
"This interim plan will help to minimise the disruption and people will be able to go about their everyday lives, seeing friends and family or going to work, as well as businesses being able to get to their customers. We've seen the severe disruption that people in Kent had to face in 2015 when there were hold ups across the Channel.”
A spokeswoman for the Freight Transport Association said:
"These policies won't solve the problem overnight but we see today's announcements as a good step in the right direction and now want to work with government to ensure we develop the facilities that our lorry drivers need"