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Operation Brock on M20 to be stood down following agreement of Brexit extension

Highways England has confirmed Operation Brock will be stood down as soon as possible — 24 hours after it came in to force.

The traffic management scheme came into effect yesterday morning, with a contraflow along the M20 between Ashford and Maidstone in both directions, together with a 50mph speed limit, leaving the coastbound stretch for lorries.

Operation Brock is to be stood down
Operation Brock is to be stood down

It was put in place because of the expected Brexit deadline of October 31.

But, this morning, a Highways England spokesman said the scheme would be stood down "as soon as it is practicable".

It comes after the EU confirmed a three-month extension to the Brexit deadline.

It is not yet known when exactly Operation Brock will be deactivated, but the implementation of the restrictions is said to take around 48 hours.

The scheme came into force on the M20 on Monday morning
The scheme came into force on the M20 on Monday morning

The authority said the preparation was a "complicated operation" involving putting out 7,500 traffic cones and 350 signs.

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