Transition travel and transport

Some communities may experience disruption to local road networks due to the new rules that are in place following Britain leaving the EU. As the highways authority, we are responsible for maintaining all roads within Kent, except motorways and major roads which are the responsibility of Highways England.

Check the roads before you travel

Please check your route before you travel to see how your journey may be affected and make sure you're prepared in case your journey takes longer than you expect.

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

Operation Brock

Operation Brock is a traffic management plan, which may be activated at times of cross-Channel disruption if there are significant delays at the border between Dover and Calais. The plans are flexible and can be activated depending on the volume and impact on flows around the county, particularly traffic leaving the country via the Kent-based ports.

For more details about the traffic management plans for Kent, visit the Kent Prepared website.

Advice for hauliers and lorry drivers

Highways England will implement Operation Brock if traffic begins to build in the east of the county and ask that lorry drivers:

  • check conditions before setting out
  • follow signs and signals on the roads
  • follow queuing instructions.

Hauliers and commercial drivers will need:

  • the correct documentation to travel to, from or through the EU
  • proof of an authorised negative COVID test, conducted within 72 hours prior to travel (unless you are returning to France after spending less than 48 hours in the UK).

HGV drivers can get a free COVID test and border readiness check at their nearest HGV advice site.

The Department for Transport (DfT) have produced a handbook and pocket map containing advice for commercial drivers to help them prepare and plan journeys. Visit the DfT website for more information.