M20 to close overnight in Kent as Operation Brock lifted

Closures will be in place on both directions of the M20 to allow Operation Brock to be deactivated
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A busy stretch of the M20 between Maidstone and Ashford will close tonight (Monday, June 3) to allow Operation Brock to be removed. The divisive contraflow was reinstalled on the motorway in preparation for the increased traffic heading to coast throughout the late May bank holiday weekend.

It spans a total of 13 miles along the M20 between Junction 8 for Maidstone and Junction 9 for Ashford. A spokesperson for National Highways said: “Operation Brock 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.”

While in place, all HGV traffic headed to the Port of Dover or the Eurotunnel has had to follow the signs to join Operation Brock at the M20's Junction 8 near Maidstone or risk landing a hefty fine. Meanwhile, all other traffic has had to use the contraflow system on the London-bound carriageway, with drivers facing considerable traffic and delays in the area as vehicles adhere to a 50mph speed limit.

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Now, National Highways has announced that tonight the M20 London-bound will close between Junction 9 and Junction 8, while the coastbound carriageway will shut between Junction 7 and Junction 9, for Operation Brock to be deactivated. This closure will come into effect from 9pm and remain until 6am tomorrow morning (Tuesday, June 4).

While this stretch of the motorway is closed, signed diversion routes will be in place on the A20 for drivers to follow and complete their journeys. Once removed, both carriageways will re-open with three lanes and the national speed limit back in place

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