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M20: Operation Brock to be reinstalled in time for 'freedom day'

Thursday 15th July 2021

OPERATION Brock will be reinstalled on the M20 in time for 'freedom day' next week.

Highways England (HE) has confirmed the controversial contraflow system will be back in place from Monday.

According to HE, the lifting of lockdown restrictions means it needs to prepare for increased passenger numbers.

Operation Brock is designed to keep traffic travelling in both directions while port-bound lorries are held on the coastbound carriageway. 

The M20 will close at 8pm on Saturday night between junctions 7 and 9, and will reopen by 8am on Sunday with the contraflow active.

Nicola Bell, Highways England regional director, said: “The lifting of the lockdown restrictions will inevitably mean more travel across to France from July 19 and, we, along with our Kent Resilience Forum partners, have taken the decision to reinstall the moveable barrier on the M20 to prepare for this.

"We know some people won’t welcome its return, but we need to be prepared for an increase in not only HGVs but also in passenger traffic."