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Kent Police step in to reassure drivers after Highways England blunder

Wednesday 18th September 2019

JUNCTION 8 of the M20 will not be closed to traffic to control stacking lorries post-Brexit, according to Kent Police.

After Highways England failed to respond to a series of requests for clarification after stating that the Leeds Castle junction would shut if Operation Brock reached capacity, Kent Police have stepped in.

An assurance has now been received that states: “Junction 8 will NOT be shut in either direction but will be heavily controlled with crossing-bound lorries separated out from tourist/local traffic.

“Access/egress will be maintained as far as possible.”

It is understood more difficulties could be likely in the event of a no-deal departure from the EU.

A spokesman for Hollingbourne Parish Council said the clarification from Kent Police was welcome. “As the closure would affect not just Hollingbourne, our concerns were shared with local councillors, MP Helen Whately and our neighbours at Leeds Castle. The castle’s CEO, Sir David Steel, has been in touch with Kent Police to confirm the situation.”

The spokesman said in spite of requests to Highways England throughout the day for clarification, it had yet to confirm that Junction 8 will remain open or that the statement on its website was incorrect. See earlier story