More water, more meals, less Stack

A further 5,000 two-litre bottles of water will be handed out to truckers stuck in Operation Stack today (July 3).

Kent County Council, alongside its partner agencies, will also be handing out 500 meals.

Phase 3 of Op Stack was stood down today meaning the London bound carriageway of the M20 is now open.
20150702_131428The coastbound carriageway remains closed to allow freight traffic to queue between junctions 8 and 11.
Last night, more food and drink was handed out and staff will be out again tonight to ensure welfare is provided.
This has been supported by help from KCC Community Wardens, the Red Cross, the Kent Voluntary Service in manning welfare points and providing refreshments to drivers in locations off the motorway.
Anyone with offers to help to contact us on 01622 212409 so this can be properly managed.
Thames Water yesterday donated an additional 760 bottles.
The Red Cross remains on standby.
Kent’s emergency and health services are reminding motorists of basic safety advice before they set out on their journeys.People should call NHS 111 if they need medical help, but it’s not a life-threatening emergency.
For less urgent health needs, they should contact their GP or local pharmacist in the usual way.For immediate, life-threatening emergencies they should always call 999.To find your nearest health service and to check your symptoms visit the NHS Choices website.


Public Health England is advising motorists to consider the following safety advice:

  • If possible carry a cold box with plenty of water and drink plenty of cold fluids to ensure everyone remains hydrated.
  • Avoid tea or coffee and alcohol.
  • Keep your vehicle ventilated to avoid drowsiness.
  • Make sure that babies, children, elderly people or animals are not left alone in stationary cars.
  • To cool down sprinkle water over the skin or clothing, or keep a damp cloth on the back of your neck.
  • Be alert and call the health services if someone is unwell or further help is needed.
  • Danger symptoms to watch out for in hot weather include: feeling faint and dizzy, shortness of breath, vomiting or increasing confusion.

Check the weather forecast and any high temperature health warnings at:

For further information on staying safe in hot weather visit

For the most up-to-date travel information, check the Highways England website – or visit the Kent Police Twitter page –

More water, more meals, less Stack was last modified: July 6th, 2015 by Thom Morris