Need for safe lorry parking during cross-Channel delays

24th December 2016

Need for safe lorry parking during cross-Channel delays (image credit: iStock/paulbranding)

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has supported the findings of a new report from Transport Focus calling for improved parking and facilities for lorries faced with delays in crossing the Channel in Kent.

FTA head of policy for London and the south-east Natalie Chapman stated: "The findings by Transport Focus reinforce calls by FTA for an off-road solution to Operation Stack.

"Queuing vehicles on the motorway not only causes havoc to other motorists, residents and businesses, but it means that only very limited welfare facilities are available for drivers in the queue."

She noted that the planned introduction of a new lorry parking area in the event of hold-ups in cross-Channel services is welcome, but additional high-security parking and facilities for drivers are needed in the meantime.

The FTA has therefore suggested the creation of a new lorry area close to Junction 11 of the M20, which would provide improved facilities for drivers, as well as be linked to cross-Channel services to deliver more timely information relating to delays.

Natalie Brinkley, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, adds: "Improving facilities for drivers awaiting departure from the UK via the Channel would be highly beneficial to the industry and to local communities, as the current situation of increased traffic during delays has a significant impact on surrounding areas."