The consultation launched today by Highways England for a lorry holding area that would end the misery suffered by thousands of residents and businesses when Operation Stack is in force has been welcomed by Kent County Council.
Highways England is calling on residents, businesses and local communities to respond by 25 January with their views on proposed sites for the lorry park.
Paul Carter, Leader of Kent County Council, said: “I welcome Highways England’s delivery of a solution to Operation Stack.
“But with £250 million of public money at stake, we want assurances that their strategy for this will keep the Queen’s highway open.
“The local economy and residents can no longer endure the misery of the M20 being completely closed when Stack is on.”
- Research by Kent County Council estimates a cost to the Kent and Medway economy of around £1.45 million per day, based on delays to passenger journey times (£980,000 per day), reduced visitor numbers (£285,000 per day) and costs to the road haulage industry (£180,000 per day cost to the Kent-based industry).
- The Freight Transport Association (FTA) estimates a wider cost to the UK economy of £250 million per day.