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Storm Gareth Affects Port of Dover

Mar 14. 2019

We have been advised that the high winds caused by Storm Gareth, have led to severe restrictions in ferries arriving and leaving Dover.

This is leading to hugely reduced capacity, with traffic queueing at the port. Drivers heading to the Port of Dover and also Eurotunnel are being advised to plan ahead and leave extra time for their journeys as part of the coastbound M20 in Kent is being used to stack lorries.

Operation Stack has been activated between junctions 8 for Maidstone East and 9 for Ashford.

This is involving parts of the M20 being closed to queue lorries that are travelling towards the continent, to avoid causing gridlock across Kent’s road network.

All Europe-bound freight traffic should head towards Dover on the M20 to join the queue at junction 8. Local and non-freight traffic must leave the M20 at junction 8.

It is expected that the M20/A20 and M2/A2 approaches will be busy for tourist, freight and local traffic. The diversions for non-freight traffic are:

• If you’re heading to Eurotunnel, use the M20 and A20 and follow the hollow circle diversion symbol
• If you’re heading to the Port of Dover, use the A2, M2, A2 towards Dover.

Drivers are advised to:
• Plan their journeys and allow extra time if required
• Check travel conditions before setting out and, where it is safe to do so, during journeys
• Make sure you have some supplies for your journey, such as food and water

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