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M20 Operation Brock barriers to be removed this weekend

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Original article from Kent Live

Highways England has confirmed the Operation Brock contraflow will be removed this weekend.

The removal of the 15-mile barrier will allow the M20 to return to three full width lanes at the national speed limit in both directions.

It was initially put in place as a precautionary measure in anticipation of increased international travel by car drivers from Monday as a result of the lifting of lockdown restrictions.

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However after the country confirmed the outbreak of Beta variant cases, travel rules were once again tightened.

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The work to remove the barriers will be completed under a full closure of the M20 on the coastbound from junctions 7 to 9, and on the Londonbound from junctions 9 to 8 from 8pm on Saturday (July 31) until 8am on Sunday (August 1).

This work has been planned over the weekend to reduce disruption.

Once removed, the moveable barrier will sit along the M20 should the contraflow be re-activated for any future cross-channel disruption.

Clearly signed diversion routes will be in place on the A20.

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The Londonbound diversion route will invilve traffic being diverted from Junction 9 towards the A20 Maidstone then re-join the M20 motorway at junction 8.

This diversion does not apply for vehicles over 4.7m in height who are instructed to turn around at junction 9 to re-join the M20 towards Dover, then the A20 Dover, then follow the A2 Canterbury, then the M2 London toexit the motorway at junction 7 onto the A249 towards Maidstone.

The coastbound diversion route will involve traffic being diverted from Junction 7 towards the A249 Canterbury then follow the M2 Dover, then A2 Dover, then the A20 London which re-joins the M20.

More information on Operation Brock can be found here.

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