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Drivers in Kent warned of Stack delays

The road closures have returned at the same time as the school holidays

Operation Stack has been re-instated on the M20 in Kent following a new wave of disruption at the Port of Dover.

Junctions eight and nine coastbound are closed due to high levels of freight traffic and problems with the Channel Tunnel.

Despite the port is operating as normal, but drivers should expect delays.

Drivers express their frustration at Operation Stack congestion

Drivers have taken to Twitter to express their frustration, with Operation Stack in place on the M20 again.

It was implemented this morning due to traffic building up towards the Port of Dover and Eurotunnel.

The motorway is closed coastbound between junctions 8 and 9 to non freight traffic, with congestion building up to junction 7.

A petition to stop Operation Stack has received more than 15,000 signatures since it was launched two weeks ago.

Stack is back: motorists told to prepare for more travel misery

Operation stack is being put in place on the M20 yet again due to traffic heading to the Port of Dover, according to police.

The emergency traffic measure, which sees lorries queuing on the motorway while non freight traffic is diverted, has been used several times in the last month.

Kent Police say the decision to implement it was made due to traffic building up towards the port and Eurotunnel. Coastbound traffic will be diverted at junction 8 and rejoin the M20 at junction 9.

Kent Police is reminding lorry drivers that those at the front of the queue will get a ticket to continue their journey to the continent. Those who use the diversions for non-freight traffic in an attempt to get closer to the front, and who do not have a ticket, will be sent to the back of the Op Stack queue.


Dover's wartime tunnels open to the public

The tunnels provide glimpses of wartime life Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

A labyrinth of forgotten Second World War tunnels built beneath the White Cliffs of Dover have revealed glimpses of wartime life. The Fan Bay Deep Shelter was carved out of chalk in just 100 days in the 1940s on Winston Churchill's orders. It was part of Dover's connected offensive and defensive gun batteries, aimed at foiling German shipping movements in the Channel.

Lying 75ft below the Kent coastline, the 3,500 sq feet of interconnecting tunnels, reinforced with iron girders and metal sheeting, accommodated four officers and up to 185 men during the war.

The shelter - personally inspected by Churchill in 1941 - was decommissioned in the 1950s before being filled in with rubble and soil and abandoned during the 1970s.

Operation Stack still in place on M20

Police are warning of a weekend of motoring misery on Kent's roads.

Operation Stack is still in force on the M20 between junctions 8 and 9. Officers warn disruption is likely to cause problems for those trying to reach the Kent County Show.

The Port of Dover remains open for business with a full service operating to the Port of Calais with P&O Ferries and a full service operating to Dunkerque with DFDS Seaways.

Due to the disruption earlier in the week at the Channel Tunnel, the on-going situation at the Port of Calais and high volumes of freight traffic seeking to use all the Channel Ports, the Port of Dover would like to advise its passengers about potential traffic congestion on the M20.

All coastbound freight traffic is being directed to join the back of the queue at junction 8 (Hollingbourne). Any lorries approaching the ports without an Operation Stack ticket will be directed to the back of the queue at junction 8.

Non-freight traffic is being directed to come off the M20 coastbound at junction 8 to join the A20 and should follow the yellow circle diversion route. Alternative routes are expected to be busy so please allow plenty of time for your journey.

Tourist traffic heading for the Port of Dover is advised to use the A2/M2 route, but please allow plenty of time for your journey.

Traffic is flowing and the Port and the ferry operators are working hard to serve all customers travelling to and from the continent. We apologise for any delays or inconvenience as a result of the traffic congestion and we would like to reassure our local community we are playing our part to keep traffic, Dover and the UK economy moving.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely, but this issue affects us all and together with all partners are working hard in order to resume normal operations as soon as possible.

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