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Operation Brock to remain on M20 for an indefinite period as P&O Ferries disruption continues

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There remains no sign of an end to Operation Brock on the M20 as capacity on cross-Channel ferries remains reduced.

The Kent Resilience Forum (KRF) has today said the traffic management system will have to continue on the motorway, despite one P&O Ferries ship returning to service following the firm's controversial workforce restructuring.

Operation Brock is in place on the M20 motorway. Picture: Barry Goodwin
Operation Brock is in place on the M20 motorway. Picture: Barry Goodwin

A second P&O vessel has been cleared to sail, but the company's remaining two Dover-based ferries are still not approved for operation, with no further safety inspections of either vessel currently planned by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

"Brock controls continue to be used on the motorway to manage the flow of lorries heading across the Channel via Dover and Eurotunnel," a Kent County Council spokesman said this afternoon.

"KRF partners, including National Highways, Kent Police and Kent County Council, are very aware of the impact the M20 contraflow has on local residents and so once again would like to assure everyone that today’s decision was not taken lightly.

"The next review of the Brock traffic management scheme will take place on, or around, next Tuesday."

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