The road and area marked in red show the proposed waiting areas for Operation Stack once 'Option C' opens as a new Thames Crossing.

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Residents, motorists and everybody else in Essex is reacting with OUTRAGE as Southend News Network can EXCLUSIVELY REVEAL that the planned new Lower Thames tunnel from Tilbury to North Kent will actually be used for Operation Stack when necessary – the news has been welcomed by people in Kent who are delighted that the M20 will no longer become ‘Europe’s most famous traffic jam’ whenever the ports become blocked by industrial action over the Channel.

According to a leaked email from a leading transport minister, when the new Thames tunnel opens (date could vary due to private funding) it will become the only road in the South East where Operation Stack is allowed to take place. The Police-backed scheme involves queueing freight traffic whenever there are serious delays at Dover Port and the Channel Tunnel, and at the moment it leads to misery for anyone who wants to use the M20. Under the proposed plans, whenever Operation Stack is activated all freight traffic will queue in the new Thames tunnel and on a purpose-built area of tarmac that will ‘potentially’ replace most of Grays.

In a further development, our Chief Reporter has discovered that the plans have been rubber-stamped by Kent government officials who are still ‘incredibly angry’ over the way that the Dartford Crossing is being patrolled to stop large numbers of Kent residents from entering Essex. According to one overheard conversation, the people of Essex are going to ‘get what’s coming to them whenever Jean-Pierre and his pals get ‘le hump’ about some bad cheese or whatever.’

East Tilbury resident Patricia Knuckle, who wanted to remain anonymous, spoke to our reporter after receiving a letter warning her that her home may be compulsory purchased to make way for what was officially labelled in the document as ‘A new Lower Thames crossing and something else that we can’t really tell you about at the moment.’ She said: ‘I got the letter this morning, but I have known for a few days that something is up. I woke up three days ago and there was a man in a reflective jacket and hard hat in my bedroom measuring the walls – he wouldn’t tell me why. I made him a pot of tea and eventually he told me that I would be getting a letter in a few days, and four of my neighbours also woke up to find someone conducting a site survey in their home.’