Operation Stack

Operation Stack is a procedure that uses parts of the M20 to queue lorries travelling towards the continent, to avoid causing gridlock across Kent's roads.

It is used in emergency situations when crossings to the continent cannot happen, such as bad weather or industrial action.

Kent Police are responsible for implementing Operation Stack.

Check the current status of Operation Stack

Check the roads before you travel

Avoid travelling along the M20 during Operation Stack if possible.

If you need to travel please check the latest travel information from:

Manston routing

The use of Manston Airfield as a temporary option to help hold lorries as part of Operation Stack – a multi-agency response to deal with the transport disruption – was announced by the Government recently.

Find out more about the Manston routing.

Future alternatives to Operation Stack

Press release - Kent County Council welcomes Operation Stack lorry parking consultation

Press release - GOV.UK Operation Stack: Routing announced to Manston

Press release - GOV.UK Operation Stack: Transport Secretary announces proposed site for Operation Stack

Our response to the Highways England consultation proposal of two possible site locations for operation stack was debated at the Environment and Transport Cabinet Committee on 13 January 2016. Read our statement in response to the consultation.

Dover TAP (Traffic Assessment Project)

Dover TAP is a separate scheme to Operation Stack. It is used to manage traffic using the Port of Dover and to improve air quality and reduce congestion in the town. Dover TAP is managed by Highways England.