Have your say on Operation Stack disruption

Where should lorries be held when there are delays to cross-Channel services? That is the question being asked by Highways England officials as they start a new six-week consultation to find out people's views.


The aim is to find a permanent solution to replace Operation Stack, where freight traffic is held on the M20, closing the motorway to everyone else. Although no sites have yet been identified, there could be one or more dedicated lorry parks built, or roads could be widened or the hard shoulder used for waiting vehicles.

A public information event will take place at the Quarterhouse in Mill Bay, Folkestone, from 2pm to 8pm on Thursday 5 July for people to find out more and have their say, and a dedicated website has also been set up.

Cllr Ann Berry, Cabinet Member for Transport at Folkestone & Hythe District Council, said it was important that people took part in the consultation.

Operation Stack causes huge disruption to residents and businesses across the district. Hospital appointments are missed, people are late for work and firms can't get their goods to market.
We have been pressing Highways England to find a permanent solution and we will also be debating the issue, once again, as a council.
The solution to Operation Stack could also help to deal with the issue of lorries parking in our laybys or rural roads and I really would encourage everyone to attend the consultation event, look at the website and make their views known. Cllr Ann Berry, Cabinet Member for Transport

Figures suggest that around 900 lorries park illegally or inappropriately across Kent each day, causing annoyance to residents and often resulting in unpleasant environmental pollution. Officials will be asking for views on whether everyday 24-hour lorry parking should be provided as part of any solution.

The disruption that people in Kent experienced in the summer of 2015 underlined the need for improvements to how traffic is managed when services across the channel are interrupted.
We now have an opportunity to take a completely fresh look at what a permanent solution to Operation Stack could be, and understanding people's views will be vital in making sure we can identify the most appropriate outcome.
I encourage anyone with an interest to get involved. John Kerner, Highways England project director

The consultation started on Monday, 11 June, and will run for six weeks. Highways England staff will also be visiting motorway service areas and truck stops to speak to drivers.

For more information visit www.highwaysengland.co.uk/kentlorryarea or pick up an information brochure from libraries in Folkestone, Hythe, Cheriton and Lyminge.

Published on 13 June 2018