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Businesses suffer after M20 chaos

Operation Stack on the M20 may have finally been lifted but some businesses are still feeling the effects. Thousands of holidaymakers were caught up in long delays at the weekend as they headed to the continent via Folkestone and Dover. Many tourist attractions along the congested M20 and A20 had been expecting one of their busiest weekends of the year, with schools breaking up for the summer. But as Tom Savvides reports, some have been left counting the cost. He talks to Bill Lash from Leeds Castle, Liesl Smith from the Federation of Small Businesses and Natalie Chapman from the Freight Transport Association.

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.

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