Highways England to leave some Brock restrictions in place

29/10/2019
Chris Ames

Highways England has confirmed that work to deactivate Operation Brock will be carried out late on Tuesday but some restrictions will be left in place.

Operation Brock is the name for a series of measures that improve Kent’s resilience in the event of cross-channel disruption.

The government-owned company stated on Monday that Operation Brock ‘had been deployed now in response to potential delays at the ports in the coming days or weeks’. It did not specifically mention Brexit.

However, after the EU offered the UK a three-month extension to its membership, a Department for Transport spokesperson said: 'Following the agreement of an extension, the Government took the decision to stand down Operation Brock as soon as is practical.'

The EU confirmed the extension on Tuesday afternoon. Again without mentioning Brexit, Highways England said: ‘The deactivation reflects the decreased risk of disruption to services across the English Channel in coming days and weeks.’

A significant part of Operation Brock is keeping the M20 open in both directions by using a contraflow on the M20 London-bound carriageway between junctions 8 and 9 and directing lorries heading for mainland Europe onto the coastbound carriageway, where they can be queued if necessary.

Highways England said the contraflow will be removed on Tuesday, adding that on Wednesday morning there will be three lanes on the coastbound M20 operating at national speed limit and two narrow lanes Londonbound at 50mph.

‘This means Operation Brock can be activated again quickly if it is needed in the coming months.’

To make the changes the M20 will be closed to coastbound traffic between Junctions 7 and 9 from 8pm Tuesday until 6am Wednesday. A clearly signed diversion will direct traffic via the A249 and the M2.

Highways jobs

Principal Traffic Management Engineer

City and County of Swansea Council
£38,890 to £42,821 per annum
You will enjoy an interesting and satisfying work-life with many opportunities to develop valuable skills and experience in the delivery of... Swansea (Abertawe)
Recruiter: City and County of Swansea Council

Refuse Driver (LGV Chargehand Driver)

Royal Borough of Greenwich
£22995 - £24258 per annum + plus contractual overtime and allowances
It is an exciting time in Waste and Street Services at the Royal Borough of Greenwich. This is a opportunity to be part of a busy, successful team mak England, London, Greenwich
Recruiter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Principal Traffic Signal and ITS Engineer

Warwickshire County Council
£40,876.00 - £42,821.00 plus annual standby allowance of £2,562.84
You will be responsible for the day-to-day operation and maintenance of our Urban Traffic Management and Control System. Warwickshire
Recruiter: Warwickshire County Council

Refuse Driver

Royal Borough of Greenwich
£22.995 - £24.258
The successful candidates will work anywhere within the Borough of Greenwich, work outside in all weathers, and be able to use... Greenwich, London (Greater)
Recruiter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Public Protection Group Leader

Kirklees Metropolitan Council
£43,857 - £45,859
You will develop a strategic approach to deliver a service which promotes jobs and businesses, protects the safety of... Kirklees, West Yorkshire
Recruiter: Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Project Officer - Air Quality

Kirklees Metropolitan Council
£27,741 - £30,451
We’re looking for an additional team member to support the Senior Environmental Health Officers in... Kirklees, West Yorkshire
Recruiter: Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Customer Support Officer

The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council
£25,833 - £29,796 per annum
The successful candidate for this role will be someone who has great administration and customer service qualities, and... Kensington and Chelsea, London (Greater)
Recruiter: The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council

Refuse Driver (LGV Chargehand Driver)

Royal Borough of Greenwich
£22.995 - £24.258
It is an exciting time in Waste and Street Services at the Royal Borough of Greenwich. Greenwich, London (Greater)
Recruiter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Citizen & Consumer Protection Team Manager

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
£41,881 - £46,845 per annum
We are looking for a committed and driven individual to join the team.  You will manage an area team with... Sandwell, West Midlands
Recruiter: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Parking Control Design Engineer

Royal Borough of Greenwich
£32.430 - £34.794
We are seeking to recruit an engineer to join our busy and dedicated design team. Greenwich, London (Greater)
Recruiter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Environmental Health Officer

The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council
£33,600 - £45,400 per annum
An opportunity has arisen in the Health and Safety Team, for an Environmental Health Officer / Health and Safety Practitioner. Kensington and Chelsea, London (Greater)
Recruiter: The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council

Cyfarwyddwr Corfforaethol - Economi a’r Amgylchedd / Corporate Director Economy & Environment

Caerphilly County Borough Council
£117,115 - £130,128 p/a
Tîm Caerffili-YN WELL GYDA’N GILYDD Team Caerphilly- BETTER TOGETHER Caerphilly (Caerffili)
Recruiter: Caerphilly County Borough Council

Project Engineer

North Yorkshire County Council
£24,982 to £35,745
We have an exciting Project Engineer opportunity in our Boroughbridge Highways Operational office. Boroughbridge, York
Recruiter: North Yorkshire County Council

Highways Asset Commissioning Officer

Somerset County Council
£30,451 to £34,728 per annum
Somerset is a great place to live, work and play, with a spectacular countryside and coastline Somerset
Recruiter: Somerset County Council

Highway Development Manager

Coventry City Council
£48,545 - £52,090
Coventry is a great place to live and work and it’s getting even better - and having the right infrastructure is vital. Coventry, West Midlands
Recruiter: Coventry City Council

Noise and Nuisance Officer

The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council
£31,434 - £34,986 per annum
We would like you to have some experience in working in Environmental Health so that you can show an understanding of... Kensington and Chelsea, London (Greater)
Recruiter: The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council

Service Manager - Engineering & Project Delivery

Telford & Wrekin Council
£47,853 - £53,792 per annum (including market factor)
Are you looking for a challenge and diverse range of work in your next career move? Telford, Shropshire
Recruiter: Telford & Wrekin Council

Principal Engineer - Street Lighting

St. Helens Metropolitan Borough Council
£39.880 to £41.881 per annum
The successful candidate will be responsible for managing, leading and developing the team to ensure the delivery, and success of... St Helens, Merseyside
Recruiter: St. Helens Metropolitan Borough Council

Contract Management Officer

Cambridgeshire County Council
£22,183 - £32,234
We are looking for someone with understanding of Highway and Transportation engineering project delivery and maintenance activities. Cambridgeshire
Recruiter: Cambridgeshire County Council

Vehicle Technician

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
£24,982 - £29,577 per annum
This position is a fixed term contract for 12 months with the prospect of a permanent role once the Class C Driving Licence has... Sandwell, West Midlands
Recruiter: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Highways on Fridays

Register now!

Latest Issue

latest magazine issue
Also:
  • Highways Awards shortlist revealed
  • Jim O’Sullivan interview
  • Legalising e-scooters: risks and rewards
View the latest issue

Latest Video