Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin has announced a new lorry park for Operation Stack.
The new lorry area will be located near Stanford in Kent as an overflow for Operation Stack, which is used during prolonged disruption to cross channel services from Dover and Folkestone.
The park will allow lorries to be filtered from the M20 when disruption hits the Channel crossing points. Up to 3,600 will be able to park at the site.
A new entry and exit slip road will be built on the eastbound carriageway.
“We are taking bold action to deal with the severe inconvenience suffered by people living and working in Kent when cross-Channel services are affected,” said chancellor George Osborne.
“A long-term solution that will keep traffic moving has been talked about for decades, but now we are delivering it. I look forward to construction starting as soon as possible.”
Operation Stack lorry park
“Operation Stack is only ever used as a last resort but we recognise the impact it has on roads in Kent, and are determined to deliver an alternative solution,” added McLoughlin.
“The new lorry area by the M20 will deliver better journeys for drivers and will not only support the region’s economy but also businesses as far away as Scotland that rely on the M20 to access the Port of Dover and the Channel Tunnel.
“We have committed up to £250M for the lorry area and we are now making it a reality.”
Construction is expected to start as soon as possible with completion scheduled for summer 2017.