Proposals for a major new lorry area that would help improve Kent’s resilience when services across the English Channel are disrupted have been announced today.
Two potential sites near the M20 have been identified for the lorry area, along with four broad ways it could be used. Each option would help to prevent the need for the M20 to be closed when there is disruption to cross-channel services.
The consultation asks for views on the suitability of each proposed sites, and on how it should be operated.
Highways England and Andrew Jones MP 11 December 2015
Management of freight vehicles through Kent
Delays at the Port of Dover and Eurotunnel, for example due to severe weather, cause queues of lorries along the M20 (Operation Stack). This has a knock-on effect for roads in Kent and has proved unsatisfactory to residents, local businesses and lorry drivers.
In the 2015 Autumn Statement, the government set aside funds for a permanent lorry waiting area and Highways England now seeks your views.
Public consultation events
HE are holding a series of staffed exhibitions about our proposals for the possible sites. Listed below is the date, time and venue for the event in Ashford.:
6 January 2016 2pm to 8pm The New Ashford Market Monument Way Orbital Park, Ashford, Kent TN24 0HB