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Operation Brock an unwanted Christmas present for motorists

Operation Brock is a traffic management system put into place when theres delays the ports or heavy congestion on the motorways. It will see lanes of the m20 closed off provide parking space for lorries

Operation Brock is back for Christmas and here is what you need to know before making any Christmas plans.

It will start on the morning of the 12th of December and will be affecting junction 8 and 9 between Leeds and Ashford.

The m20 and many parts of Kent will also be disrupted too.

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KRF Strategic planning Lead Simon Jones said:

“We recognise that the cost-of-living crisis could have an impact on people’s travel plans this year as Covid has had on the past two Christmases. But Kent businesses and venues will be pulling out all the stops this year with some fantastic events and attractions and we want to make sure there is as little disruption as possible.”

Its crucial that people check their routes before travel so they avoid being stuck in traffic.

Furthermore, people are being advised to pack essentials such as food, water, blankets and medicines taken regular in the event of being stuck.

The operation is going to be monitored 24 hours and any lorries going to mainland Europe will legally have to follow the HGV routes.

Sean Martell national Highways Head of service delivery said:

“The crucial thing about the contraflow system is that it keeps Kent open and traffic moving in all but the most extreme circumstances. It’s also important that everyone follows the signs. Any HGV freight trying to jump the queue by using Brenley Corner will be turned back.”


For the latest traffic and travel updates in Kent visit: Check before you travel – Kent County Council