Stagecoach South East prepares for ‘no deal’ Brexit

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A web portal has been created by Stagecoach South to inform its customers of how a no-deal Brexit may affect them, should it go ahead.

The South East division which serves Dover and the areas surrounding it could see delays to bus services and diversions.

The first statement issued by Stagecoach on the 21 October said: “For some time we’ve been working closely with local authorities and other agencies on contingency measures in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal. Although there’s a good chance that a ‘no-deal’ outcome will be avoided, at this time it remains a possibility that the UK will leave without a deal.

“So what does that mean? Should the UK leave the EU without a deal, there is an expectation that there will be disruption to cross channel traffic which will impact on the South East motorway and road network. The contingency measures to handle this disruption are widely known and involve phased use of the A20, M20, Manston airfield and potentially the M26. These measures are designed to make space for cross channel freight traffic, but there would likely be a wider impact on local traffic which may lead to longer journey times.

“How might this affect my bus service? In Kent we have a lot of experience of dealing with disruption arising from delays and blockages at Euro tunnel and Dover ferry port. When this has occurred we’ve worked around traffic management systems to keep our services and our customers moving. In the event of increased traffic congestion we will do everything we can to keep our buses running a full service, but we may need to make adjustments or diversions depending on the circumstances.”

Stagecoach South East will be providing information as the situation evolves on this web portal: