The vital flow of goods in and out of the UK could be in jeopardy at a critical time as Britain struggles to contain a mutant strain of coronavirus. New border restrictions in France have led to the closure of key trade routes in Kent on Sunday night. It is likely to have severe ramifications for UK trade, which in recent days has seen around 10,000 lorries passing through the port of Dover every 24 hours. Much of the trade passing through the Channel ports consists of perishable goods which need to reach their destination quickly. But from midnight all traffic to France from the UK was suspended for at least 48 hours, with emergency measure Operation Stack being implemented. Are you stuck at the Port of Dover? Email [email protected] 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. Kent Police green-lit the measure on the coastbound carriageway of the M20 between Junctions 8 and 11, to avoid causing gridlock across Kent’s roads, saying it was a “contingency measure”. However, reports from the scene suggest there aren’t enough available police officers. The Department for… Read full this story
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