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You can check out the resources below for real time M20 traffic news as well as M2, M25 and M26 traffic delays, planned engineering work or scheduled road closures (for engineering works or operation stack). We have been providing local traffic and travel resources for Kent's roads for over a decade, in that time our user feedback has proved to be important, If you have some thoughts about the resources we include here let us know.
If you're looking for M20 traffic news and possible delays you must factor in Operation Stack. This is the name given to the system of 'stacking' lorries on the motorway when the Channel Tunnel or local ports are blocked. Used for the first time in the early 1990s, this traffic management system is used four or five times a year on average. If you want to share the local knowledge - avoid the bottom of M20 completely when it's in force, delays on the major and minor routes can be considerable. In these conditions think about postponing your journey or finding an alternative route. If you want M25 resources visit our M25 Traffic News (AA Roadwatch, Highways Agency, Traffic England links).
Highways Agency - Kent traffic real-time map - The main traffic England website provides 'live' traffic updates for all national and regional major routes. The information is provided by the National Traffic Operations Centre (NTOC) of the Highways Agency. This is the most reliable web based traffic resource in our experience. Information is collected from the motorways and major A-Roads using sensors and readers such as inductive loops and ANPR (automatic number plate recognition) cameras. The data is constantly updated thus presenting an accurate picture of the current situation on the roads. http://www.trafficengland.com/map.aspx?ct=true
AA Roadwatch - The AA website contains a searchable map that offers web based traffic news for the whole of the UK including Kent. There's also a route planner, traffic map and a hotel/B&B guide. To call AA Roadwatch see the details below. http://www.theaa.com/traffic-news/index.jsp
BBC London Traffic News - A generally reliable resource, information presented in a easy to understand format. Emphasis on Greater London, inside and outside the M25, as well as major routes in the area. http://www.bbc.co.uk/travelnews/london
Kent Safety Cameras - Kent Speed Cameras - If you want to know something about speed cameras on the M20 or in any other part of Kent visit this site. http://www.kmscp.org/safety-cameras/where-are-the-cameras.aspx
The RAC route planner - Traffic news, route planner and a fuel cost calculator make this a useful site when checking for delays or planning for a future trip. http://www.rac.co.uk/route-planner/
Transport Direct - This resource offers a great deal for road users. It allows you to integrate a road journey with other forms of transport. It also contains; distance, cost, a CO2 checker as well as road closure information. http://www.rac.co.uk/
SANEF - For people heading over the channel a last minute check on potential road problems is a really good idea. http://www.sanef.com
Operation Stack - This link for Kent Police - the freedom of information link has disappeared, do a site search for 'operation stack'. http://www.kent.police.uk
KCC Traffic News - Local based travel information including, public transport maps, Kent roadworks, salting routes, traffic and travel in your area and even traffic regulation orders. http://www.kent.gov.uk/roads_and_transport.aspx
Some of these services may incur a charge contact the provider directly for more information. The details published here for information only.
AA Roadwatch - 24-hour traffic information from 84322 mobile or 0906 88 84322 from your home phone (calls cost up to 65p per minute at all times plus network extras). http://www.theaa.com/travelwatch/roadwatch.jsp
RAC Premium Traffic Updates - 64644 from a mobile for traffic updates from the RAC (calls to this number cost 60p per minute). http://www.rac.co.uk/route-planner/
Highway Agency iPhone App - If you have an iPhone you can use the Highway Agency free travel news app. The app allows you to check how the traffic is flowing on motorways and major A roads in England before you begin your journey. - http://www.highways.gov.uk/aboutus/2299.aspx
Dartford Crossing Helpline - 24/7 traffic Information (recorded message) is available 01322 221603 - http://www.highways.gov.uk/roads/projects/4067.aspx
Eurotunnel Helpline - 24/7 travel Information (recorded message) is available 08444 63 00 00 - http://www.eurotunnel.com/uk/traveller-info/latest/
BBC Ceefax Travel Page 431and 437 - http://www.ceefax.tv/
ITV Teletext Travel Pages 161, 162 and 163 - http://www.teletext.co.uk/
We welcome your input into our M20 traffic news and information page. If you would like to submit more resources for inclusion here or have other relevant feedback, you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. This is a page under constant improvement.
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