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post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old 30-07-2015, 11:15
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Unlike the French who park the lorries up either side of the road the police close the M20 to all but lorries. Seems to me to be totally unnecessary and just causes problems for everyone else with the diversions.
I spoke to someone Thursday night at Escalles, where I stayed before getting the tunnel on Friday morning, who was delayed by about 5 hours because of the gridlock caused by an accident on the diversion. There was virtually no delay in Calais.
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It's the old 'elf n safety' issue here - with truck drivers parked up on the M20, they are wandering all over the road, cooking on gas stoves beside their vehicles etc., and it would be too dangerous to have other vehicles lumbering past. I am sure a solution could be found where the trucks are parked on the hard shoulder and lane 1 and a line of cones installed in lane 2, leaving lane 3 for use, but the H&S and insurance boys for the Highways Agency just wouldn't countenance it........
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There was talk of setting up a contraflow on the other carriageway but I think that has been shelved for similar reasons.


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Unlike the French who park the lorries up either side of the road the police close the M20 to all but lorries. Seems to me to be totally unnecessary and just causes problems for everyone else with the diversions.
I spoke to someone Thursday night at Escalles, where I stayed before getting the tunnel on Friday morning, who was delayed by about 5 hours because of the gridlock caused by an accident on the diversion. There was virtually no delay in Calais.
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They have more parking areas in Northern France, as well as the Tunnel and Calais being miles apart on different roads with numerous routes away from them. Dover and Folkstone Tunnel and effectively stuck on the M20.


I presume the Police are closing the entire road to enable certain vehicle to move down the middle and if required escape or turn round ( fresh loads) .

From what ive read the current situation is moving Kent Police to near breaking point.

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