There is freight chaos on the roads with huge delays at both the Port of Dover and Eurotunnel and Operation Stack now in place.
Increased security and border checks at the tunnel has led to waits of several hours, while traffic scheme Dover TAP has seen queues of nine miles build amid police activity at the county’s biggest port.
Lorries queue for the Eurotunnel, drivers are facing 90-minute delays just to get in to the terminal
Police spokesman Adam Westgarth said: “There is an ongoing policing operation at Kent ports checking vehicles and passengers.
The force would not comment on the reason for the operation, which saw every passenger and all vehicles checked, but at midday confirmed it had been stood down. Operation Stack remains in place.
Iâm near junction 9 of the M20 where the coast bound lanes have been blocked off and @kent_police are in attendance. More on @KMTV_Kent as we get it. pic.twitter.com/NRTdzibHl1
There is stationary traffic on the A2 Jubilee Way coastbound at A20 (Eastern Docks roundabout) and congestion to the Shepherdswell turn off, which is nine miles away.
Traffic is also very slow along the A256 from Whitfield heading into Dover as motorists try to avoid problems elsewhere.
One lane is closed on the A20 coastbound between B2011 (Court Wood Interchange, Capel Le Ferne) and Dover (Western Heights roundabout, Dover) with congestion to Junction 11 (Hythe) of the M20.
The left hand lane is for lorries only heading to the port. All other traffic should use the right hand lane.
The coastbound carriageway of the M20 is closed and traffic is queueing due to Operation Stack from Junction 8 (A20 Ashford Road for Leeds Castle / Maidstone Services) to Junction (A20 Fougeres Way Ashford). There is congestion to Junction 7 (A249 Detling Hill).
The entry slip road at Junction 12 on the M20 has also been closed due to the sheer volume of traffic approaching the Dover TAP, which came into force yesterday.
A Port of Dover spokesperson confirmed it was implemented following an accident which took place on the A20 yesterday morning.
Put in place yesterday afternoon, the Port of Dover is keeping drivers informed via its social media page.
Its latest tweet reads: “The situation at the Port currently remains. There is heavy traffic congestion around #Dover with queues on both the #A20 and #A2 routes into the town.
Queues into the port town are now being stretching as far away as Hythe, where HGVs are lining up to access the Channel Tunnel.
KentOnline reporter Charlie Harman – who went to see some of the queue near Shepherdswell – said: “It’s a bizarre scene, with stationary vehicles as far as the eye can see.
“Drivers are just walking in the middle of the normally busy A2, and it’s hard to see how you could even go near the direction of Dover.
“It comes down to a single lane near Coldred and if you’re not an lorry driver, it seems to be a case of being stuck in the same system without much chance of getting out.”
In Sheperdswell, lorries had parked overnight near the train station and one caused a power outage due to an accident.
The key thoroughfare is being cleared by police, but in the meantime is causing chaos in the village due to gridlock.
Dover TAP constitutes one of five stages which will be enacted once Operation Brock is required.
Once capacity is reached along the A20, lorries will be held at the M20 between Junctions 8 and 9.
Once that has been filled, the contraflow system will be used on the M20 and incoming traffic diverted to Manston.
When the 3,000-space facility there is filled, a TAP system will come into force along the A256.
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