Kent transport

Which roads are closed in Kent? M20, M2, A20 and A2 roads for tourist and freight traffic to the Channel Tunnel at Folkestone and ferries at the Port of Dover

With multiple road closures and diversions in place in Kent and major delays at ports, it can be confusing to know which is the right route to take.

Police and transport chiefs have proposed a series of routes indicating where tourist and freight traffic should go depending on where they are going.

Queues at the Port of Dover on Friday as the first day of the summer school holidays began. Photo: Barry Goodwin

So what’s the route if you’re traveling to Dover or Eurotunnel? Here is the latest information:

Tourist / non-freight to Port of Dover

The M20 is closed to all traffic other than freight between J8 (Maidstone) and J12 (Folkestone).

Operation Brock is in place and the entrance slip roads at J9, J10 and J11 from Ashford to Stop24 services for Hythe are closed.

All tourist traffic from the Port of Dover must follow the M2 and A2 and arrive at the port via Jubilee Way.

Non-freight traffic has been removed from the M20 to be diverted along the A20
Non-freight traffic has been removed from the M20 to be diverted along the A20

Freight to Port of Dover

All freight must join the truck holding area on the M20 at J8.

Operation Brock is in place and the entrance slip roads at J9, J10 and J11 from Ashford to Stop24 services for Hythe are closed.

Drivers who attempt to divert onto any other route to Dover or the Eurotunnel terminal in Folkestone face a £300 fine and are sent to the back of the queue.

Additional checks are in place at Brenley Corner at J7 of the M2 to prevent freight vehicles from skipping the queue.

Traffic queues at the Eurotunnel terminal on the London-bound carriageway of the M20 at Folkestone today
Traffic queues at the Eurotunnel terminal on the London-bound carriageway of the M20 at Folkestone today

Tourist/non-freight to Eurotunnel at Folkestone

The M20 is closed to all traffic other than freight between J8 (Maidstone) and J12 (Folkestone).

Operation Brock is in place and the entrance slip roads at J9, J10 and J11 from Ashford to Stop24 services for Hythe are closed.

The diversion takes motorists off the motorway at D8 via the A20 via Harrietsham, Lenham and Charing via Ashford (A28/A2042/A2070), joining the A20 at D10 and continuing towards Folkestone to join the M20 at D12.

Eurotunnel’s non-freight traffic can access the terminal from the A20 at J11a.

Operation Brock holds back thousands of trucks along the M20
Operation Brock holds back thousands of trucks along the M20

Freight to Eurotunnel at Folkestone

All freight must join the truck holding area on the M20 at J8.

Operation Brock is in place and the entrance slip roads at J9, J10 and J11 from Ashford to Stop24 services for Hythe are closed.

Drivers who attempt to divert onto any other route to Dover or the Eurotunnel terminal in Folkestone face a £300 fine and are sent to the back of the queue.

Additional checks are in place at Brenley Corner at J7 of the M2 to prevent freight vehicles from skipping the queue.