Police trial A20 Stack to stop city gridlock
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By Roanna Avison TRUCKS WILL BE stacked on the A20 outside Dover in a trial to prevent the town centre becoming gridlocked with freight traffic waiting to get into the port.
Kent Police is to hold trucks on the nearside lane of the A20 outside Dover, while allowing other traffic to use the outside lane with a 50mph speed restriction. Trucks will then be released when there is available space for them at Dover's eastern docks.
Dover district councillor Nigel Collor says: "I believe the holding area should be used when freight traffic backs up at the port, not just in conjunction with Operation Stack."
But a Kent Police spokeswoman insists the holding area will only be used to complement Operation Stack. "If the trail is successful, it will be introduced whenever phase one of Operation Stack has to be implemented."
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