Published: 12:58, 15 September 2020
| Updated: 14:47, 15 September 2020
Dover is completely in gridlock today as the first phase of Operation Brock is implemented.
The Dover Traffic Assessment Project (Dover TAP) restricts the movement of goods vehicles entering the town, limiting them to the use of one lane.
Currently only lorries can use lane one heading towards the port.
Furthermore all road users must adhere to a 40mph speed restriction if approaching the port and town.
The Port of Dover has confirmed that the implementation of Dover TAP is due to an earlier accident between a lorry and van on the A20, which caused heavy traffic at every access road into the town.
Dover TAP is the first of five stages comprising Operation Brock, designed to maintain traffic flow in the county during busy freight periods.
In the full Operation Brock, Dover TAP will be succeeded by the M20 J8-9 contraflow system - in which lorries would use the eastbound carriageway as a holding station.
Then Manston would be used as a 3,000-space lorry park, followed by a TAP system on the A256 with rules equal to those of the Dover TAP.
If no room is available for HGVs to enter the Channel Tunnel, the whole M26 will be closed until space becomes available on the M20.
Last used in December , the Dover TAP will run until the number of HGVs in the county is deemed sustainable.
A high number of lorries are currently being seen on the A20 coastbound between B2011 (Court Wood Interchange, Capel Le Ferne) and Dover (Western Heights roundabout, Dover).
Queues are also being experienced on the A2 Jubilee Way's Dover-bound carriageway, with a travel time of 30 minutes from Whitfield's White Cliffs Business Park.
More information as we get it.