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ChannelPorts Supporting Dover Counselling Centre
M20 Junction 8-9 Disruption & Overnight Closures
We have achieved AEO certification

ChannelPorts Supporting Dover Counselling Centre


ChannelPorts are pleased to support the Dover Counselling Centre a local charity providing confidential self referral counselling services.

They were formed in 1988 and firmly believe that counselling should be available to anyone who wants it or needs it.

They are BACP members and adhere to the BACP ethical framework.

The Dover Counselling Centre work with employers and offer a wide range of therapies to support all kinds of anxiety, mental health issues, addictions, PTSD and bereavement issues offer tailor made support to each referral.

They also provide services as part of the improving access to psychological therapies programme in England.

Paul Wells, director of ChannelPorts Ltd said, “I could feel the calmness and hear for myself how quiet the centre was which must be important to those who receive [their] help and even for your own staff, even though the busy A2 was only yards away. Thank you and your staff for the work you have done to [help our local community] and we hope that this donation will help [them] to support more people going forward during their difficult times.”

They work tirelessly to help local people cope with difficult times in their life and offer a wide range of counselling and support services in their newly acquired centre near the A2.

Our charitable donation this year of £7000 will go to improving the counselling centre for visitors helping them improve the three areas they identified a need for.

We hope that this donation will help Dover Counselling services to support more local people and assist those most in need of counselling and support.

M20 Junction 8-9 Disruption & Overnight Closures

Information on disruption to the M20 between Junctions 7 and 9 over the coming months from the M20 Temporary Solution Team:

Highways England are developing a temporary traffic management solution on the M20 that will allow two-way travel on the London-bound carriageway between junctions 8 at Maidstone and 9 at Ashford, should disruption at the ports mean the coast-bound carriageway is required to manage port-bound HGVs.

To make the road safe for this temporary solution some minor works will be required to the safety barrier and hard shoulder. In addition to these works, routine repairs to the road surface are also planned. These works will commence in early July 2018 and continue through to March 2019.  During this time sections of the road between Junction 8 and 9 will be reduced to two lanes on the London-bound carriageway.

In addition a full closure of the London-bound carriageway is planned on the nights of 8 – 13 July 2018 as detailed in the table below.




Diversion Route

Sunday 8 July

6am Saturday 14 July 2018

10pm – 6am

M20 London-bound overnight closure x 6 Nights between Jn 9 and 7.

For vehicles less than 4.7m via A20 – A249 – M20

For vehicles greater than 4.7m via M20(south) – A20 – A2 – M2 – A249 A28 –M20

Note: All closures will be subject to change and are weather dependent.

There will be further closures in August (date to be confirmed).

Please also be aware that there will be other works carried out on the M20 at Jn 3-5 and Jn10 during this period as part of the commitment to improve the Kent Corridor.

The diversion plan is below.










Click here to download pdf of the diversion route.


We have achieved AEO certification

ChannelPorts are pleased to announce we have been awarded Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status by HM Revenue & Customs. This quality mark, which is recognised across the EU, confirms Channel Ports status as a premier customs clearance service.

It has taken a lot of hard work to achieve AEO status but it will be worth it for the benefits that it will bring for our customers:

a quicker application process for simplified customs procedures and authorisations
waivers or reductions of comprehensive guarantees

During the approval process ChannelPorts has undergone close scrutiny to show:

  • good tax and customs compliance history
  • good standards of commercial and transport record-keeping
  • financial solvency
  • professional qualifications or practical standards of competence

The award of AEO status is recognition that ChannelPorts are a trusted customs clearance service that can offer a fast and efficient service. We look forward to sharing the benefits of AEO status with all our customers.


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