Around 6,000 lorries pass through Kent every day and on to Europe via Dover. However, there are concerns that many of these lorries are empty.
As companies tried to stockpile key products, huge lines of HGVs formed to mark the countdown to Christmas and the UK’s exit from the single market on Dec 31.
There were concerns that similar scenes might occur in the first weeks 2021. However, this has not happened yet.
December: Lorries queuing at Port of Dover, Kent (Gareth Fuller/PA).
The PA news agency examines key numbers related to cross-Channel trade through Kent, as well as border policy and other issues that are frequently in the news.
– Around 200 000 – The number of Covid-19 tests that were performed on HGV drivers in Kent to prepare for cross-Channel journeys.
– More than 6000 – The number of lorries that leave the country each day via the Port of Dover.
According to the Road Haulage Association, 65-70% is the percentage of trailers that arrive in the UK and go back to Europe empty.
– More Than 200,000 – Freight movements across Eurotunnel & the Port of Dover during January. This includes both import and export traffic.
Traffic cones used in an approximate range of 6,000 to 6,000
Highways England has installed 600 traffic management signs.
12.3 miles long is the Operation Brock moveable barrier. It is made up of 19,563 individual block.
27 – Number of police forces contributing officers to Kent Police’s efforts to maintain traffic flow.
– 690 – Kent County Council enforcement officers clamped approximately 690 vehicles as they tried to keep roads clear of obstructions.