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Highways Agency axes Dover ‘queue buster’

[ April 4, 2012   //   ]

The Highways Agency has decided to get rid of a moveable barrier used to reduce congestion on the M20 near during ‘Operation Stack’, the BBC reported. The concrete quick moveable barrier (QMB) was installed between junctions 11 and 12 of the M20 four years ago as part of Kent Police’s Operation Stack and allows the London-bound carriageway to be used for coastbound traffic at times when ferries or the Channel Tunnel are disrupted.

However, the Agency said it had decided not to renew the £0.63m-a-year lease for the equipment when it expires . saying the QMB had been used on only two occasions – although one of those lasted for several months following the fire in the Channel Tunnel.

The agency said it would work with Kent Police, Kent County Council and other partners to find a long-term solution to address the impact of Operation Stack.


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