Kent Resilience Forum (KRF) leaders are closely monitoring the impact of the suspension of P&O ferry services out of the Port of Dover on the county’s cross-Channel routes.
Simon Jones, KRF Strategic Planning Lead, also assured the multi-agency group has well-worked plans in place to manage any potential traffic disruption to help protect local residents and keep Kent moving.
The traffic scheme TAP20 is currently in place, as it routinely is 2-3 times a week, regulating the movement of HGVs along the A20 into the port where DFDS and Irish Ferries are operating as normal.
Simon Jones, Kent County Council (KCC) Corporate Director for Growth, Environment and Transport, said: “Kent Resilience Forum partners, including the Department for Transport, Kent Police and National Highways, are keeping the situation under close review.
“As always we stand ready to work together to protect our communities and help keep Kent’s roads flowing as smoothly as possible.
“To avoid leaving things to chance, we advise people driving in or through Kent to be prepared for possible delays; And anyone set to travel by ferry from Dover to the Continent over the next five days should contact their operator before starting their journey.”
Drivers can be prepared for any potential disruption by following simple steps including:
- CHECKING your route before you travel
- ALLOWING extra time to get to your destination
- CHECKING your vehicle before you set off. Most breakdowns are avoidable and checking your tyres, lights, fuel, oil and water can help you have a safer, smoother journey
- PACKING your car with essentials, including food, water, medicines you take regularly and essentials you may need if travelling with children, and
- ENSURING you have at least six months left on your passport, to avoid being turned back at Kent ports.
For where to go for the latest Kent traffic and travel updates, and hashtags to follow including #kenttravel #checkbeforeyoutravel and #EverySingleJourney, visit: www.kent.gov.uk/roads-and-travel/travelling-around-kent/check-before-you-travel