05 NOV 2015

Lorry Parks are a permanent solution to Operation Stack

Along with a delegation of Kent MP's, I've met with Chancellor George Osborne to press for action on Operation Stack. I made the case for building a lorry park on the M20 as a permanent solution to the problem.

The plan would include additional land purchase and road infrastructure would cost over £100 million. Central Government funding and the Chancellor's support is therefore required.

The lorry parks should work effectively with the Dover Anti-gridlock TAP system, and include an advanced check in system for lorries. Lorries would not be able to plough into Dover whether the Port is ready to receive them or not.

The Summer chaos cost Britain £1Bn and brought the whole of Kent to a standstill. We cannot have that happen again. Building a lorry park on the M20 is the obvious and most practical long term solution.

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No need to create a lorry park. Save our money by stacking lorries as before, but leaving one lane for cars. Many more portaloos would be needed and health checks regularly made on lorry drivers in the queue. This may be what the drivers would prefer as they would no longer fear losing their place in the queue .
- Martin Tourret

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