The contraflow system was originally developed for use of a no-deal Brexit and is used to supplement Operation Stack during cross-Channel traffic problems. However, weather problems, ferry shortages and the school holiday’s have led to the system being in place for the last week.
Dramatic pictures show miles upon miles of lorries queuing on the M20 as they wait to cross the Channel. One truck driver told Kent Live he had been stuck in traffic jams for over 30 hours.
So what can be done to avoid more queues and chaos like this going forward? The leader of Dover District Council has warned of another “challenging” weekend in east Kent while Maidstone Council went as far as telling drivers to avoid the roads altogether.
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We asked readers if Operation Brock should be scrapped for different measures and this is what they said.
Paul Pugsley replied on Twitter: “Yes as it’s not working and causing drivers nothing but misery that’s down to poor management by Highways England.”
Claire Shilling added on Twitter: “No it’s not fit for purpose as it is supposed to keep one lane open for traffic to still use the M20. Ashford was a nightmare at the weekend”
Readers on the Kent Traffic and Travel Facebook page were also asked and there was a common theme among the answers. Multiple readers called for Manston Airport in Thanet to be opened up to store the lorries.
Back in December 2020, the former airport site in Thanet was used to hold thousands of lorries following the decision by France to shut the border.
Nina Clancy said: “Why are the lorries not at Manston Airport”
Alison Johnson agreed: “Yes, send them all to Manston”
While Mark Richardson added: “Put Manston Airport in place and keep the roads clear.”
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Article Source: Kent Live