Highways England (formerly the Highways Agency) have today opened a consultation on proposals for the future of Operation Stack.
We want to hear your views on our proposed approach to reduce the congestion that occurs in Kent during periods of extraordinary cross-Channel disruption.
At present, congestion is managed by activating Operation Stack on the M20 between Ashford and Maidstone to hold lorries on the carriageway until issues are resolved. Other drivers are diverted onto local roads.
We are proposing a new approach. This will enable lorries to be held away from other traffic during disruption and will keep the M20 open in both direction other traffic,
We are also considering ways to address the problem of lorries that park illegally or inappropriately across Kent.
This fresh start means we can completely reassess what is needed, and no sites have been selected for development.
This is your opportunity to help shape a solution.
We recommend you take the opportunity to read through the information brochure which accompanies the consultation.
As you know, the so-called owners of Manston Airport have been paid at least £5.7m so far for the potential use of the site as a lorry park, which has not yet happened. All that has happened is that this taxpayer money has funded two poor quality outline planning applications to build at least 3,700 houses on Manston Airport.
In responding to the consultation, use the opportunity to make your thoughts about this known. Whatever the solution to Operation Stack is, the destruction of Manston Airport’s runway is not it.
Full details of the consultation, including the link to send your responses online, can be found here. The closing date for responses is Sunday 22 July 2018.