Brexit contingency plan
Kent Resilience Forum preparations
While there remains a level of uncertainly around the details of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union (EU), the Kent Resilience Forum (KRF) continues to work closely with the Department for Transport and other agencies to prepare for a range of potential outcomes, including the event of no-deal exit and traffic disruption on Kent’s roads.
KRF partners have developed contingency plans to ensure the M20 motorway can be kept open to traffic and that disruption for local residents, businesses and other road users is kept to a minimum. The priority is to keep people safe and the county moving.
The KRF is working with a wide range of partner organisations to keep communities and businesses in Kent and Medway informed and prepared for the potential impacts of a no-deal Brexit.
Operation Brock is the name for a package of measures aimed at helping to improve the resilience of the roads in Kent to the effects of cross-channel disruption. As well as the M20 contraflow it also includes Manston Airfield and the M26.
Highways England has worked in close partnership with Kent Police, Kent County Council and the Department for Transport to ensure that each phase of Operation Brock could be deployed sequentially and scaled up or down to meet demand.
The Forum is also planning for a wide range of other contingencies, including the welfare of vulnerable communities and those who may be delayed in queues for a long period of time.
Businesses who travel and trade within the European Union are being urged to act now to ensure appropriate preparations are in place for possible changes to border control and customs arrangements at the UK ports when the UK leaves the EU, to help minimise potential disruption. For further advice on the steps that businesses may need to take to become ‘border ready’ follow the guidance here: https://www.gov.uk/business-uk-leaving-eu.