Kent Access Permit and M20 barriers scrapped

HGV drivers no longer need a Kent Access Permit (KAP) to enter Kent whilst the M20 moveable barrier will be taken down by the end of this week (22 April).

DfT announced that hauliers and other commercial drivers moving goods between Britain and the European Union are now free to travel into and across Kent without the need for the permit which was introduced on 16 December, ahead of the end of the Brexit transition period, to prevent queues forming at the Channel Ports.

The Kent Resilience Forum has also announced plans to stand down the M20 moveable barrier on 24 April. Under the contraflow system the coast bound side of the motorway between Maidstone and Ashford is used by HGVs heading to cross-Channel ports, with all other traffic restricted to a 50mph contraflow on the opposite carriageway.

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