Quiet start to the new year in Kent

There have been low traffic numbers in Kent following the end of the transition period.

As well as leaving the EU single market and customs union, the coronavirus pandemic means anyone leaving the UK must have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of travelling.

Freight Drivers are encouraged to arrive in Kent with a valid COVID-19 negative test certificate and those in possession will be fast tracked to both the Port of Dover and Eurotunnel.

Kent Police’s Assistant Chief Constable Claire Nix said: “As anticipated, it’s been a quiet start to the new year with low numbers of freight travelling to Europe.

“We are working closely with our partner agencies within the Kent Resilience Forum to minimise any traffic disruption that may occur.

“We continue to support our partners with the ongoing requirement for a negative COVID-19 test for all travellers to France before they can access Kent’s ports.”

There have now been a total of 36,448 Coronavirus tests carried out in Kent with 102 since December 23 with 24,551 vehicles crossing the channel.

COVID testing facilities are still available at Manston Airport for HGV drivers heading to Port of Dover, or on the M20 for hauliers heading to Eurotunnel.

The postcode for the entrance to Manston Airport is CT12 5FF.

Eurotunnel traffic must continue to go via the M20, where testing is at Junction 8.

Quiet start to the new year in Kent was last modified: January 2nd, 2021 by Ellis Stephenson