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News | Final chance to have your say on plans to improve Operation Stack

Date Posted: 21st July 2018

Have you had your say? This weekend is your final chance to have your say on potential improvements for Op Stack by Highways England to manage freight through Kent.

This aim of the consultation has been to invite feedback on ways to manage lorries when there is extraordinary cross-Channel disruption. The exercise is part of a completely fresh look at how traffic can be managed better when there is disruption to services across the English Channel, and builds on significant improvements already made by Highways England and its partners in Kent since the unprecedented deployment of Operation Stack in summer 2015.

The solution could be on or off-road, at one site or a number of sites. No sites or solutions have been chosen yet. Views are also welcomed on the possible provision of cross-channel border facilities for lorries and 24-hour lorry parking facilities for everyday use by lorry drivers, which could help with lorry parking problems in Kent.

Highways England project director John Kerner said:
"The response to the listening exercise has been very positive, and we have spoken to many people with lots of interesting ideas. It is important to note that no sites or locations have yet been decided, and this exercise has enabled us to take a completely fresh look at what a permanent solution to Operation Stack could be. With less than one week to go, I encourage anyone with an interest to get involved."

The next step when the listening exercise has finished is for Highways England to analyse responses. If a scheme is progressed, Highways England will consult on more detailed options and proposals this winter. Any scheme that is taken forward will involve extensive public consultation and will require a full environmental impact assessments.

Without action, Highways England predicts that existing and likely future issues will continue to put pressure on the roads and motorways in Kent. With traffic levels due to increase, this would likely mean Operation Stack being activated more frequently.

The listening exercise started on 11 June and runs until Sunday (22 July). While drop in sessions have now finished, information will be available at 30 locations countywide until 22 July. Anyone interested in the scheme can sign up to receive updates via the project page on the Highways England website:
https://highwaysengland.co.uk/projects/solutions-to-operation-stack-managing-freight-traffic-in-kent/

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