The search for a new Bishop of Dover has begun following the Rt Rev Trevor Willmott's retirement.The post is responsible for the whole Canterbury Diocese, which also stretches across the districts of Maidstone, Swale, Thanet, Folkestone and Hythe and Ashford.Holding the additional title of the Bishop of Canterbury, Bishop Trevor, 68, hit the headlines this summer for making outspoken comments on Universal Credit and urging the Government to "fix" its new benefit system.A series of consultations is now underway to find his successor, an appointment which will ultimately need to be approved by the Prime Minister.Anna Drew, the Diocese's director of communications, said that a wide range of views is being sought on who should next lead the Church of England's oldest see."The Canterbury Diocese is such a range of communities. We go from the Weald and all the way across to Maidstone, that's our eastern edge, and we also take in the coastline and the Isle of Sheppey," she said."You have got … [Read more...] about Who should be the next Bishop of Dover?
Nearly 90 lorries took part in a no-deal Brexit test run this morning to help the government prepare for potential Dover traffic jams after the UK leaves the EU in March. set off from a disused Kent airfield this morning as part of preparations for potential Brexit traffic delays. The first wave of 89 lorries set off on the 20-mile journey between the disused Manston Airport and the Port of Dover at 8am, before a second convoy was due to travel at 11am. Known as Operation Brock, the trial runs were organised by the Department for Transport alongside the Road Haulage Association and the Freight Transport Association. The tests are expected to cause some disruption as they coincide with the day many return to work and school following the Christmas holidays. It comes as the government today confirmed that parliament will hold its postponed vote on Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal on 15 January, after the original 11 December vote was delayed by the Prime Minister as it became … [Read more...] about Lorries embark on no-deal Brexit test run to Dover
More than 100 lorries will gather at a disused Kent airfield today as part of rehearsals for how Britain's roads will cope if there is a "no-deal" Brexit. The vehicles will test Manston airfield as a mass HGV holding bay to ease congestion on roads to Channel ports in the event the UK leaves the EU without an agreement.Congestion at the ports caused by customs checks being reintroduced on goods is cited as among the negative effects of a no-deal withdrawal from the bloc.The trial is part of the government's plan to prepare for the possibility of the UK leaving the EU without a deal at the end of March.Under Operation Brock, the lorries plan to leave the airfield around 8am, drive down to Dover in the rush hour and then come back again.Around three hours later, they will be asked to do it all over again.The drivers are contracted by the Department for Transport (DfT). Dover is one of the key points of entry to the UK and the idea is to see whether it is possible to integrate a fleet of … [Read more...] about More than 100 lorries rehearse for ‘no-deal’ Brexit Dover congestion
Operation Brock, the system designed to minimise disruption at the border in the event of a no-deal Brexit, will be tested for the first time next week. A total of 150 HGV lorries will trial the route from Manston Airport to Dover as part of the Department for Transport’s contingency planning for the UK’s departure from the European Union in March. It is feared that a no-deal Brexit could cause chaos on the M20 if additional border checks are implemented at the Port of Dover and in Europe. A DfT spokesperson said: “We do not want or expect a no deal scenario and continue to work hard to deliver a deal with the EU. However, it is the duty of a responsible government to continue to prepare for all eventualities and contingencies, including a possible no deal. “We will be testing part of Operation Brock to ensure that, if it needs to be implemented, the system is fully functional.” The trial of Operation Brock, which is intended to avoid a repeat of road … [Read more...] about Government finds 150 lorries to test Dover crossing congestion in case of no-deal Brexit
The first rehearsals for how Britain's roads will cope with a "no-deal" Brexit are to be held next week. A plan known as "Operation Brock" will be trialled, with up to 150 lorries between Manston Airport and Dover, one of the key points of entry to the UK.The first trial of its kind will take place on Monday, with drivers already contracted by the Department for Transport.It will form part of the government's plan to ramp up preparations for the possibility the UK leaves the EU without a deal.:: Three months until Brexit - what we know will happenMrs May agreed a divorce deal with Brussels in November, but it is unclear whether MPs will vote to accept it.The full Operation Brock proposal is to section off the entire southbound carriageway of a 13-mile stretch of the M20 in Kent.It would be used to hold around 2,000 lorries in the event of severe cross-Channel congestion.Sky News revealed in August how two affected Conservative-run councils warned that the "temporary solution" would in … [Read more...] about First rehearsals to be held for Brexit ‘no-deal’ Dover congestion