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Poor weather sees Operation Stack and delays for trucks accessing Dover port

  • 17 February 2014
  • By Hayley Pink

Lorries travelling to Dover Port on the M20 at the weekend faced long delays, after traffic management scheme Operation Stack was used by kent police for the first time in almost a year.

Due to extreme weather, with winds of up to 80mph battering the coastline, ferries were unable to dock and the port was temporarily closed in the early hours of Saturday 15 February.

This caused delays as ships were then guided into Dover by tugs.

Kent Police said the fist phase of Operation Stack was put into action. This saw lorries parked up and held in a queue on the coast-bound carriageway between Junctions 11 (Hythe) and 12 (Cheriton). The road was closed to all other traffic, with a diversion in place on the A20.

The M20 was opened again by police at 10pm on Saturday evening.

A police spokeswoman said Operation Stack was last deployed 11 months ago during heavy snow in Kent in March 2013.

Hauliers have been doing their bit to help those affected by the UK floods.


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