Operation Stack could be solved – but with a possible price tag of at least £468m. That is according to a working group set up to come up with alternative options to the scheme after the county ground to a halt this summer amid 32 days of gridlock. Even if the package of measures were fully implemented, it could still mean as many as 1,500 HGVs having to be parked on the M20 and a lorry holding area off the M20 motorway for some 4,000 lorries.
The plans have been put forward by a group which consists of Kent County Council, Highways England, Kent Police and others.
The government directed the group to come up with ideas for more permanent solutions to Operation Stack.
The masterplan includes:
- Strengthening the hard shoulder of the M20 between junctions 10 to 8
- Improvements to the A20 in and around Dover to increase capacity and remove bottlenecks
- Improving the use of communication technology
- Potential lorry park close to the M20 to hold up to 4,000 HGVs
- An extension of the STOP24 lorry park at Folkestone for up to 1,000 more lorries