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Two seriously injured on M20 hard shoulder

Two people are being treated for serious injuries on the hard shoulder of the M20. The road has been closed London-bound, between junctions 1 and 2 while air ambulance crews tend to them.

Police say they were called just after 10am this morning.

Officers are currently carrying out enquiries to establish the circumstances behind the incident.

– Kent Police

M20 closed between junctions 8-11 for Operation Stack

Operation Stack remains in place on the M20 coastbound between junctions 8-11 this afternoon due to a heavy volume of traffic heading towards the Port of Dover and Eurotunnel.

Operation Stack is expected to continue throughout the day.

Non-freight traffic is diverted onto the A20 from Junction 8 (Hollingbourne) and rejoins the motorway at Junction 11 (Hythe). This allows backed-up freight traffic to park on the coastbound carriageway of the M20.

Motorists are advised to plan their journeys carefully and allow plenty of extra time if travelling towards the east of the county.

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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Operation Stack remains in place

Operation Stack remains in place this morning Credit: ITV NEWS

Operation Stack (M20 closed coast-bound junctions 8 to 9) remains in place due to 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 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.

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 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.

Customers are still advised to contact their chosen ferry operator before travelling and consult the Port of Dover website

Travel chaos continues in Kent

Travel chaos is continuing in Kent due to Operation Stack being put in place once again.

It started yesterday due to a large amount of traffic on the M20. The operation has been in place fourteen out of the last twenty-eight days.

Kent Police are advising that all non-freight traffic heading coastbound should avoid the M20.

Transport Minister Robert Goodwill spoke about the problems in the Commons.

Operation Stack remains in place on the M20

Lorries backed up on the M20 in Kent Credit: ITV News

Operation Stack remains in place on the M20 between J8 and J9 due to high volumes of freight, as ongoing problems continue to affect sailings of ferries between Dover and Calais.

Non-freight traffic is being diverted onto the A20 from Junction 8 (Hollingbourne) and rejoins the motorway at Junction 10 (Ashford). This allows backed-up freight traffic to park on the coastbound carriageway of the M20.

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.

Operation Stack is where parts of the M20 are used to queue lorries that are travelling towards the continent, to avoid causing gridlock across Kent's road network.

It is only introduced as an emergency measure after consultation with other agencies and implemented following a thorough assessment of issues, including safety concerns and disruption on the road network.

Operation Stack is in place between junctions 8 and 9 on the M20 Credit: Kent Police

How does it work?

Freight within Operation Stack is separated into two queues on either side of the carriageway, one for tunnel traffic and one for port traffic.

Space is left in the middle of the motorway to allow for emergency vehicles eg freight breaking down, medical emergencies.

Queues are released each time a ferry or train is due to depart to ensure the most amount of freight can continue to their destination in Europe.

You may see stretches of the motorway clear from time to time as groups of freight are moved down the Operation Stack queue in stages when a ferry or train is available.

Operation stack: Traffic misery 'likely to continue to weekend'

Tavel chaos caused by Operation Stack could continue for days to come, police have warned.

Police have said due to miles of queuing lorries that have built up due to Stack, it is likely disruption will continue into the weekend - when thousands of people will use the M20 to reach the Kent County Show.

Thousands of people are expected to use the M20 over the weekend for the Kent County Show

The emergency measure remains in place on the motorway for the third day running, following the death of a migrant on the French side of the Channel Tunnel on Tuesday.

However, Operation Stack may soon be moved off-road, as talks are in place between Kent County Council and the owners of Manston about potentially using the airport as a giant lorry park.

Detling Showground and Folkestone Racecourse are also being looked at.

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Operation Stack to remain in place until Monday

Following a sustained period of industrial action in France the Port of Calais is now operating two berths which is allowing P&O Ferries to run a full service to Calais whilst DFDS Seaways continues to run a full service to Dunkerque, with an additional ship diverted to the route to help accommodate heavy traffic.

The Port of Dover continues to liaise closely with Kent Police and Highways England as Operation Stack remains in place and is likely to do so until Monday.

All freight traffic heading towards Dover must join the Operation Stack queue. When drivers reach the front of the queue they will be given a ticket to allow them to travel to the continent. Traffic exiting the Eastern Docks Ferry Terminal is discharging on the A2 to avoid Operation Stack.

Non-freight traffic is advised to avoid the M20 and find alternative routes.

Customers are advised to contact their chosen ferry operator before travelling and consult the Port of Dover website (www.doverport.co.uk) or Twitter account (@PoD_travelnews) for the latest travel information.

We sincerely regret the impact to the travelling public, freight operators and the Dover community of a situation that has been beyond our control. We will continue to monitor the situation closely in liaison with all our partners in order to resume normal operations as soon as possible.

Operation Stack lifted

An emergency measure which closed parts of the M20 in Kent to traffic other than lorries heading towards the English Channel has been lifted 36 hours after it was introduced following disruption at the port of Calais.

The M20 coastbound is now fully open to all traffic this morning after Operation Stack - in which parts of the M20 are used for lorries travelling to the port of Dover.

Lorries had been queued after the Channel Tunnel was closed amid strike action by French ferry workers on Tuesday, and chaos ensued as migrants in Calais attempted to clamber aboard UK-bound vehicles.

David Cameron has described the scenes at the French port, where 350 migrants hidden in cars and trucks were reportedly found by police within just four hours yesterday morning, as "totally unacceptable".

Home Secretary Theresa May said British and French authorities had stopped "significant numbers" of migrants from entering the UK in recent days, while Mr Cameron called for both countries to work together, insisting there was "no point either side trying to point the finger of blame".

Ten migrants were found in the back of an articulated lorry parked in a truck park in Folkestone, Kent, at around 4.30pm yesterday.

A Kent Police spokesman said: "They were all fine and taken by police to Dover Immigration Centre and are now under their care."

TRAVEL - ROADS: KENT - Problems on M20

M20 delays throughout morning for repair work

Drivers using the Londonbound M20 in Kent are being warned to expect delays throughout this morning, while work to repair damage from an incident that happened yesterday is carried out.

Two lanes are closed just past junction 2 of the motorway near West Kingsdown at the scene of an incident yesterday afternoon in which a barrier on a bridge carrying the motorway over the A20 was damaged.

The lane closures means that the motorway is reduced to one lane past the scene.

Drivers can either use the M26 or the A2/M2 to avoid the affected section of the M20.

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