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The A2 Jubilee Way is closed towards the coast as lorries wait for ferry services, which are severely disrupted. Traffic also stretched for miles on the M2 and M20 on Friday and is currently affecting bus services.

On Saturday, the A2 Jubilee Way is currently closed between the Whitfield Roundabout and the Eastern Docks Roundabout, with congestion flowing back to London Road in Dover.

A Department for Transport spokesperson said: “We are aware of the queues in Dover, and the Kent Resilience Forum and local partners are working to minimize any disruption by deploying temporary traffic management measures as standard. .”

An update from P&O Ferries on Twitter also said on Saturday: “Services (between Dover and Calais) today remain cancelled. Please arrive as scheduled, we will take you to an alternative carrier as soon as possible.

“Once in port, proceed to the DFDS (Dover) or P&O (Calais) check-in booths. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.”

Twitter user @sophielougough said: ‘Don’t come to Dover, all routes are completely blocked.

Operation Brock is the traffic management system in Kent, England used to supplement Operation Stack during cross-Channel traffic problems.

It was reinstated following a reduction in ferry operations in the Port of Dover due to the redundancy of P&O Ferries staff.

As a result, parts of the A2 and the M20 have been closed to create a two-way traffic system, and all coastbound freight traffic must follow the conical area on the M20 between the J8 services, Leeds Castle and Maidstone, and J9, Ashford.

During this time, all other traffic not heading for a channel crossing and non-freight traffic must use the contra-flow on the other side.

On top of that, a 50mph speed limit has also been put in place in the area.

National Highways said the move was brought in as a precaution and to “enhance Kent’s resilience”.

Nicky Potts, Head of Operational Integration for National Highways, said in a statement to KentLive: “Keeping traffic flowing smoothly across Kent is a top priority and we are keeping the deployment of Operation Brock under continuous review.

“Any decision to remove the barrier will be taken jointly, and we are in constant contact with the government and all of our partners in Kent.”


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This notice was published: 2022-04-02 07:56:00

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