M20 lorry areaRecently updated

Proposal to create a lorry area at Stanford West on the M20.

Region:  South East
Start date:  TBC
Cost:  £250 million
Status:  PLANNED
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  TBC

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Progress report

We recently consulted on our proposals for a lorry area at Stanford West.

We will publish a report into the outcomes of the consultation on our consultation page.

What next?

This project is now subject to a Judicial Review and we will publish no further updates until the legal process has been concluded.

Why we need this scheme

Over recent decades, the number of lorries crossing the English Channel has increased seven fold. Nearly 90% of all UK roll-on, roll-off international freight goes through the Strait of Dover and that puts 11,000 lorries per day on Kent’s roads. There are projections that by 2025 the number of these lorries could double. Usually the road network copes well. But unexpected events cause problems, as there is little slack in the system.

Extra parking has recently been provided at the Port of Dover and Eurotunnel, but we expect that severe weather, security threats or industrial action will still mean that queues of lorries have to be held on the M20 using a procedure known as Operation Stack. This happened on 32 days in 2015.

Operation Stack can cause significant problems as it shuts the M20. Kent residents struggle to get to work or school, to medical appointments or to carry out everyday tasks. People from further afield get held up or delayed and businesses are affected.

A lorry area, situated adjacent to the M20 and conveniently located for access to the Eurotunnel Terminal and the Port of Dover should alleviate the problems caused by cross-channel disruption. In almost all cases, this will keep Kent residents moving and get rid of traffic congestion.

Businesses will keep investing in the area and jobs can be created, leading to greater prosperity both in Kent and internationally.

The proposal is for a lorry area at Stanford West with space for up to 3600 lorries inclusive of 500 spaces which will be used when Operation Stack is not in place.


The aims of this scheme are to:

  • solve nearly all of the effects on Kent of disruption to cross-channel services
  • address anti-social lorry parking which occurs around the roads, villages and towns of South East Kent
  • keep Kent moving and enable people to go about their lives as normally as possible when there is disruption at the Channel ports

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Issues and options consultation | The consultation brochure from the issues and options consultation
Consultation report | The consultation report from the issues and options consultation
Secretary of State decision | The decision made by the Secretary of State in July 2016

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Planned roadworks

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Location : The A2 eastbound between the junctions with the A260 and the A256 Whitfield West . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 16:00 on 28 March 2017. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 9:00 am


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