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Operation Stack

Volume 473: debated on Monday 17 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made in implementing a quick change moveable barrier solution for phase 1 of Operation Stack on the M20; and if she will make a statement. (193327)

The concrete barrier and barrier transfer machine are currently being procured, and will be available by the end of March 2008. The design for the civil engineering work to enable the quick movable barrier to operate on the M20 is complete, and a contractor has been appointed for construction which will take about 11 weeks.

As the start of the civil engineering work is dependent upon the completion of statutory environmental procedures, an accurate start date for the works cannot yet be confirmed. However, the estimated completion date is summer this year.