- 13 July 2020
- Transport / Logistics Services
The UK government has begun developing a 27 acre ‘post-Brexit lorry park’ just outside Ashford in Kent. This not been welcomed by locals or the local MP.
The post-Brexit lorry park will have the capacity for up to 10,000 HGVs and is just off the M20.
Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove said of the plans, “It is the intention to provide the smart infrastructure which in Kent and elsewhere will allow trade to flow.”
“What we want to do is to make sure that freight travelling through Kent can get to Dover and then onto the ferries and then into France as quickly as possible,” Mr Gove continued.
“And so it may be the case, not so much in Kent but elsewhere, that there will be specific pieces of infrastructure that we put in place in order to smooth the flow of traffic.”
Locals have complained that there has been no public consultation on the former farmland that was firstly earmarked for warehousing development and quite suddenly has been bought by the government. MP Damian Green (Con) said, “I’ve been assured by the minister that it is meant purely as an insurance policy that if all the haulage companies sign up to the new post-Brexit trade system, then they won’t need an emergency park,” he explained.
“[But] this proposal has come out of the blue. There’s been no consultation about it.”