FROM 19 November until Friday 21 December, Kent’s M26 motorway, one of the UK’s busiest routes for hauliers heading towards, and returning from mainland Europe, will be closed from 10pm until 5.30am the following morning, Monday to Thursday (inclusive). On Friday nights work will take place between 11pm and 6am.

These closures form part of government’s post-Brexit contingency plan which includes preparing this particular section of motorway as a potential lorry park if port bound freight traffic needs to be managed as a result of disruption and delays at Dover and Eurotunnel.

Commenting, RHA chief executive Richard Burnett said: ‘This diversion will mean vehicles having to travel an extra 10 miles around the M25 to meet the M20 south bound.