Easter getaway chaos begins as M20 in Kent is closed

Easter getaway chaos begins in Kent as holidaymakers face traffic gridlock after M20 is closed to hold lorries heading for Channel crossings because P&O ferries can’t sail

  • Thousands of holiday makers risk missing their ferries due to road chaos in Kent
  • Police have closed sections of the M20 and A20 towards Dover due to traffic
  • Capacity on cross channel routes has been slashed due to the P&O Ferries row 
  • Have you been impacted by the traffic chaos? Contact [email protected] 

Holidaymakers seeking to cross the English Channel are being stuck in five-mile long tailbacks after the M20 in Kent was closed heading towards the coast. 

National Highways confirmed the M20 is closed between Junction 8 in Maidstone and Junction 9 in Ashford. 

Kent Police have been forced to implement the traffic management plan Operation Brock to stack HGVs heading to the continent. 

The M20 in Kent, pictured, has been closed, with some trucks stuck in Operation Brock for more than six hours. Meanwhile, motorists heading to Dover are also facing significant delays of more than an hour with five mile tailbacks resulting from the chaos, pictured today

Kent Police were forced to implement Operation Brock, closing the M20 to park lorries to limit the numbers allowed to approach Dover

The AA is reporting that the M20s closure is impacting traffic flows across Kent as motorists try and find a route towards the ferry terminal

Also, the A20 Roundhill Tunnel is closed coastbound between the junction 13 of the M20 and the A260 near Folkstone. 

This is part of Operation Tap which controls traffic approaching Dover Port. 

The traffic chaos has prompted many motorists to seek alternative routes towards the ferry terminal causing further delays in towns across Kent. 

The AA has warned the closure of the M20 is having knock-on effects across the county.  

Motorists heading to the coast have been warned they can expect delays in excess of an hour. 

Many schools across the country have broken up for the Easter holidays this afternoon, prompting the mass exodus. However, other children will be expected in their classrooms early next week. 

According to National Highways: ‘There are currently 5.5 miles of congestion on approach to J8 causing delays of 60 mins above normal travel time.  

‘If this closure impacts on your planned route, please allow extra journey time. Plan ahead, you may wish to re-route or even delay your journey.’

The Port of Dover warned passengers about long delays approaching the ferry terminal. 

According to a spokesperson: The main approach roads to the Port are currently very busy. 

‘We are working with operators to get people on their way as swiftly as possible, but are asking passengers to please allow extra time for their journey. 

‘Local traffic is advised to use alternative routes where possible.’

The ongoing dispute involving P&O Ferries has dramatically reduced the capacity of the port  

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