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£12 million congestion bust in Kent

The government will spend £12.6 million scheme to block the exit from the southbound M20 in Kent at junction 10 to improve traffic flow on the choked motorway.
The government this week announced a £12.6 million scheme to block the exit from the southbound M20 in Kent at junction 10 to improve traffic flow on the choked motorway.The southbound section of the motorway towards Folkestone gets choked with heavy goods vehicles on their way to the continent and the Quick Moveable Barrier (QMB) system will improve 'Operation Stack' under which lorries are effectively parked on the M20 between Junction 11 and Junction 12 when the coastbound carriageway gets too congested.At the moment, lighter traffic is diverted at junction 11 on to the A20 But this has caused congestion on local roads. Under the QMB, it will be used to steer traffic away from the A20 and divert it onto the London-bound carriageway where a contraflow system will be set up.Transport minister Stephen Ladyman announced the investment in QMB after meetings with the Highways Agency, Kent Police and Kent County Council.

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