The Christian Science Monitor

As no-deal Brexit risk rises, so do odds of monster traffic jams

From the concrete overpass, Mike Taylor watches the traffic that trundles through the bucolic countryside, bypassing villages like his own. Nearly all the trucks on this four-lane highway, the M26, are headed to and from the southeastern ports that are Britain’s gateways to Europe and beyond.

The roar from below is unceasing. “It’s like this day and night,” says Mr. Taylor, a local councilor.

To the east, the highway curves towards a junction where it joins an arterial road to the coast. Just out of sight are the “gates” recently installed in the road’s central barrier so that thousands of trucks can be diverted and held back. In the event of a major backlog at the Port of Dover, 50 miles away, this stretch of highway would become a temporary truck park.

What kind of calamity might cause such a monstrous snarl-up?

The Dover-Calais lifelinePreparing for logjams

Sie lesen eine Vorschau. Registrieren Sie sich, um mehr zu lesen.

Mehr von The Christian Science Monitor

The Christian Science Monitor2 min gelesen
Readers Write: Hope For The Future, Blustery Weather, And Animal Rights
Letters to the editor for the Feb. 17, 2020 weekly magazine. Readers discuss animal rights, science fiction writers, blustery weather, and more.
The Christian Science Monitor4 min gelesenFood & Wine
First A Trade War. Now Coronavirus. The Roller Coaster Life Of A US Farmer.
A U.S.-China trade deal allays Farm Belt worries, but coronavirus and swine flu in China are also affecting exports for farmers like Andy Stickel.
The Christian Science Monitor2 min gelesen
Yelling ‘Foul’ On Legal Sports Betting
Both athletes and elected leaders deserve medals for recognizing the problems of online sports gambling.