Operation Brock on hold until January

Operation Brock is seen as a key part of the government’s strategy in case of a no-deal Brexit but what is it. In a nut-shell it is a plan to keep the M20 open and flowing in both directions in peak periods.

Where Brexit is concerned if vehicles are held at the port/tunnel then operation brock will come into play.

How does Operation Brock work

When Brock is active the motorway acts differently dependant on the size of vehicle.

Cars, Coaches and goods vehicles under 7.5 Tonnes

  • Coast-Bound, Follow signs for M20 through the 2 lane contra-flow.
  • This applies for local traffic as well as port traffic.

HGV’s over 7.5 tonnes heading to ports

  • As you approach junction 8 get in the correct lane for your port.
  • Be prepared to stop at check-points
  • Paperwork in order you may proceed to port
  • Paperwork not correct you will divert to a holding area (Ashford or Manston)
m20 Motorway depicting sign for the Channel Tunnel and ports of Folkestone / Dover.
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There are 4 phases in place to ensure that the m20 remains in flow. Phase 4 being the worse case scenario which is to hold vehicles on the m26 until space on the m20 becomes available. More than likely though the movement of Dover destined lorries to Manston would be sufficent for the loads expected.

What Highways England are advising is if Operation Brock does come into play lorry drivers need to be prepared. All documentation needs to be correct and drivers should ensure they have water/food with them in case they are held.

More information can be found on Highways England website here. From a freight forwarders perspective it will be key during any BREXIT event that the haulier you use understands the rules. Back-loads may look attractive but not if the haulier doesn’t have the correct paperwork. Choose your haulier with care during the transition period.

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