Operation Stack consultation statement

Our response to Highways England’s consultation on proposals for a lorry area at Stanford West was debated at the Environment and Transport Cabinet Committee on 7 September 2016 before being finalised and agreed by the Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport and submitted by the Corporate Director for Growth, Environment and Transport. The consultation closed on 25 September 2016.

We responded in support of the proposals for a permanent solution to Operation Stack owing to the unacceptable consequences of stacking freight traffic on the M20, including a significant cost to the Kent and Medway economy as well as fundamentally disrupting the movement of goods across the country. However, we also identified a number of concerns with the proposals as currently set out, although we believe these can be addressed with amendments to the design and appropriate mitigation.

We recognise the importance of appropriately compensating property owners who have already been affected by the proposals and may now be struggling to sell if they want to move, or had the economic viability of their businesses affected.

Our response to the consultation can be found on the link on the right hand side of this page, along with our response to the consultation in January on the preferred site for the lorry area. The details of Highways England’s two consultations can be found using the links below.

August 2016 to September 2016 consultation on proposed design

December 2015 to January 2016 consultation on preferred site