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Warning of chaotic traffic disruption in Kent after no-deal Brexit

The English county likely to be hardest hit by a no-deal Brexit has issued an appeal to Government for extra money and support to help prevent chaos at its ports and roads.The leader of Kent County Council Paul Carter said he hoped to avoid a repeat of scenes in 2015, when disruption to cross-Channel traffic saw lorries parked along the M20 motorway under an emergency procedure known as Operation Stack.He called on ministers to fast-track 20 million in funding for new technology, signs and staff and called for a national plan to provide a way to keep trucks out of Kent if it becomes necessary.Since August, the Government has increased its assessment of the potential period of disruption following Brexit day in March 2019 from three to six months, stretching across the busiest periods for passenger movements.In a report to the council, Mr Carter outlined a set of measures to hold as many as 10,000 trucks in the county in the case of Brexit causing major delays.Plans are in place to handle up to 10,000 lorries in the case of disruption caused by a no-deal Brexit (Kent County Council/PA)These range from buffer zones around the port of Dover and the Eurotunnel terminal in Folkestone to the use of Manston Airport or the M26 motorway as giant lorry parks or even holding freight traffic outside the county.The report detailed potential problems including: Doctors and nurses taking longer to get to hospitals and care staff needing more time to visit c Difficulties for pupils and teachers getting to schools during the vital GCSE exam Problems transporting bodies to mortuaries and post m Harm to air quality from idling engines in traffic Registrars being unable to get to weddings during the busy spring A build-up of waste due to disrupted bin collections.Mr Carter said the implementation of Operation Stack and closure of the M20 due to a French ferry strike in 2015 was estimated to have cost the Kent economy 1.45 million a day and the UK economy 250 million a day.Some 7,000 lorries were parked on the M20 in Kent, causing significant gridlock and exceptionally high traffic volumes over three weeks.The following year, a shorter disruption caused delays of up to 12 hours for some travellers.Leader of Kent County Council Paul Carter (Gareth Fuller/PA) With national government s cooperation we can avoid the chaos that we saw in 2015, said Mr Carter.But he added: We now need far more input and information from national Government in how they are going to work with us. There must be a national freight transport plan which, when necessary, can hold lorries back from coming into Kent in the first place should the need arise. We now have holding areas to take more than 10,000 lorries before it becomes necessary to use the M26 to hold freight, which is a situation that I want to avoid as far as we possibly can. We need the right investment from the Department for Transport in the technology, number plate recognition and enforcement powers to stop lorries cutting and running down inappropriate highways and by-ways in Kent and directed to go where they re told. He said plans were already in place for Highways England to provide 200 additional traffic officers with powers to stop, direct and divert vehicles on motorways.In the longer term, the port of Ramsgate could be expanded to increase capacity on cross-Channel routes and Sheerness could be developed for ferry traffic, his report said.(function(i,s,o,g,r,a,m){i[ GoogleAnalyticsObject ]=r;i[r]=i[r]||function(){ (i[r].q=i[r].q||[]).push(arguments)},i[r].l=1*new Date();a=s.createElement(o), m=s.getElementsByTagName(o)[0];a.async=1;a.src=g;m.parentNode.insertBefore(a,m) })(window,document, script , //www.google-analytics.com/analytics.js , ga ); ga( create , UA-72310761-1 , auto , { name : pacontentapi }); ga( pacontentapi.set , referrer , location.origin); ga( pacontentapi.set , dimension1 , By Andrew Woodcock, Press Association Political Editor ); ga( pacontentapi.set , dimension2 , 1714e41f-1883-4624-aab3-0a895c2479af ); ga( pacontentapi.set , dimension3 , paservice:news,paservice:news:uk ); ga( pacontentapi.set , dimension6 , story ); ga( pacontentapi.set , dimension7 , composite ); ga( pacontentapi.set , dimension8 , null); ga( pacontentapi.set , dimension9 , null); ga( pacontentapi.send , pageview , { location : location.href, page : (location.pathname + location.search + location.hash), title : Warning of chaotic traffic disruption in Kent after no-deal Brexit });

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