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Police put Operation Stack in force

Kent Police have called off Operation Stack on the M20.

Phase one of the operation was enacted due to a build up of traffic queuing for the Channel Tunnel.

But it was called off at just after 7.30pm last night.

Phase one is the closure of the coastbound carriageway of the M20 between junctions 11 and 12 (Stanford and Cheriton).

Operation Stack is where parts of the M20 are used to queue lorries that are travelling to the continent, to avoid causing gridlock on Kent's road network.

It is introduced as an emergency measure after consultation with other agencies and implemented following a thorough assessment of issues, including safety concerns and disruption on the road network.

Port of Dover and Eurotunnel are open however passengers are advised to check with their operators before setting off on their journeys to avoid delays.

A spokesman for Kent Police said: "It is only introduced as an emergency measure after consultation with other agencies and implemented following a thorough assessment of issues, including safety concerns and disruption on the road network."

Useful links and further information:

Eurostar

Eurostar services will not be affected. However passengers should allow extra time on the roads.

For more information visit the Eurostar website for further updates.

The Port of Dover

Find out more from the Port of Dover on 01304 240 400 or http://www.doverport.co.uk/

Contact your travel operator before setting off on your journey.

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