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A plan to prevent Kent gridlock when Brexit transition ends

Thousands of lorries could clog up Kent’s roads after the Brexit transition period ends on 31 December. The Government hopes a Kent Access Permit scheme and a network of lorry holding areas will help keep disruption to a minimum

02 November 2020
Dover: a phased traffic management plan has been prepared to manage port-bound HGVs
Dover: a phased traffic management plan has been prepared to manage port-bound HGVs


Work continues to try and ensure Kent’s roads do not grind to a halt when the UK leaves the EU single market and customs union on 1 January.  

In the Government’s worst case scenario, of up to 7,000 lorries could be queueing in Kent for the Short Straits crossings at the Port of Dover and the Channel Tunnel. This scenario is based on an assumption that only 50 to 70 per cent of large businesses and 20 to 40 per cent of small and medium-sized enterprises will be ready for the...

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