People heading to Europe through Kent this weekend are being urged to plan their journeys and keep safe in the hot weather.
A combination of the start of the school summer holidays, the weather forecast for extremely high temperatures and a high number of tourist and freight traffic bookings at the ports means this weekend is looking busy.
The advice from the Kent Resilience Forum (KRF) (a partnership of organisations and agencies who work together to ensure a coordinated response to emergencies and other issues affecting Kent), is to book ahead, check with your operator, allow extra time, pack plenty of water and supplies, check your vehicle’s tyre pressures, oil and water in advance and stay up to date on the travel news.
There will be no turn-up-and-go tickets available on Eurotunnel or the ferries out of Dover.
For more advice, visit: https://www.kent.gov.uk/roads-and-travel/travelling-around-kent/check-before-you-travel
Also in place is Operation Brock, the traffic management scheme being used on the M20 to manage the flow of lorries heading to Europe.
Traffic controls can also apply at Brenley Corner, at Faversham, to ensure EU-bound HGVs using the M2 are returned to the M20 to re-join the Brock system.
KRF Strategic Planning Lead Simon Jones said: “It’s going to be a lovely weekend but there are also warnings that we could see some record-breaking temperatures.
“What we would really like people to do if they’re travelling in Kent, either heading off to Europe or visiting one of our many wonderful attractions, is to plan that journey. Bring plenty of water with you, plus snacks and any medication and other essential supplies. Stay informed, follow the signs and help us to help you get to your destination as quickly and as safely as possible.
“We thank everyone for their ongoing patience.”
For further information about Operation Brock go to: nationalhighways.co.uk/travel-updates/operation-brock
For more details about the Kent Resilience Forum partnership see the Kent Prepared website