In Kent, to manage post-Brexit lorry tailbacks to make it permanent, Operation Brock supports them. The Department of Transport says that measures they take will remain temporary and will be presented only in the days of emergencies or risk of delay. Frileotjt lorries are getting separated from other traffic on Dover-bound section in Kent of M20 motorway. It was seen during a live test by Highway England to mobilise Brock’s unique movable barrier system.
What are the temporary powers designed for?
Temporary powers are now designed to help alleviate congestion which is caused by Brexit Lorry tailback in Kent. Operation Brock has emerged, and now, they are to be made permanent. From traffic heading towards the port of Steel barriers, a contraflow system, and roadside parking areas under measures designed to make the congestion easy were unveiled with the plan of minimising the impact on people ahead of a threatened no-deal Brexit within Kent.
Emergency traffic management powers are expected to finish soon
The emergency traffic management powers are expected to complete to make them available, and the ministers are not planning to remove the “sunset clause.” The transport department spokesperson said that the Operation Brock measures would only be used where there is a risk of delay; it’ll remain temporary until then.
He added that Operation Brock was mainly created to stop the disruption caused by the EU exit and removal of sunset clauses in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Removing the sunset clause only means that the Kent Resilience Forum is prepared to respond to any type of traffic disruption that is not solely related to the EU exit, including severe weather and strikes.
Is it proved that Operation Brock is controversial?
Yes, it is proved that Operation Brock is very controversial as it has complaints from residents about disruption from the necessary infrastructure instalments. For example, installing the contraflow systems safely will involve Highways England getting close to M20 overnight, which might result in the diversion of locals. The reinstallment of the contraflow system on the motorway last month to help ease traffic flow during the school holidays.
Jim McMahon’s view on Operation Brock
Labour’s MP Jim McMahon, a transport secretary, told the Guardian that he thinks removing the sunset clause on Operation Brock might be a failure record for them to plan for the outcome of their Brexit negotiations. With local people, too, they have failed to put in a better scheme over the past 18 months.
He continued by saying that Operation Brock was not famous locally. It is proved by slipping out an announcement thinking no one noticed shoe a total disregard for the concern of Kent local people.