Published: 18:00, 23 April 2014 |
Updated: 06:08, 24 April 2014
Eurotunnel has unveiled plans to improve access to the Channel Tunnel entrance at Cheriton, near Folkestone.
The announcement was made today during a visit to the terminal by Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander.
The company plans to create better access to the tunnel entrance from the M20 motorway and to double the holding capacity for HGVs at the terminal.
This twin project could remove the need for Operation Stack to be implemented on the motorway when there are problems with train movements through the tunnel, when there is industrial action at French ports and when bad weather in the Channel curtails ferry crossings.
At present Operation Stack can be introduced by Kent Police when any of these three problems creates a backlog of freight traffic trying to get to France.
The system, operated by Kent Police, leads to sections of the M20 being turned into giant lorry holding areas, leading to lengthy delays for both freight traffic and Kent residents who are diverted onto alternative routes such as the A20 and M2.
Mr Alexander welcomed the Eurotunnel plans during his visit.
Don't miss out, subscribe today. Keep up to date with our newsletters.
A guide for your future. For year 11 students in Kent and Medway. Click here for the e-edition.
Education, Training & Childcare is a special supplement published by KM Media Group four times a year. Click here for latest e-edition.
Get the latest food and drink news, recipes from some of the nation's top chefs plus updates from Kent's vineyards and breweries.
Search in your local area to find your perfect partner in Kent, with FreshStart Dating! PLUS, register for free!.
Find out what's going on in the garden, with Kent expert Lucy Hewett's weekly update.
Buy pictures that you've seen in a KM newspaper, or send in a picture and we will place it on our photo sales website so that you can purchase a super, unique gift.