Charge lorries for parking on M20
THE cross-Channel ferries are now halted several times a year, either because of strike action in France, or because of adverse weather. When this happens, the last section of the M20 motorway is closed, and lorries are diverted to park along it, with great inconvenience to all other drivers. So far, the only alternative suggested has been to create an enormous car park for lorries, on several green fields, presumably close to Folkestone. The creation of fields of concrete, empty for most of the year, will surely please no one. Yet there is a perfectly good alternative – to use the under-used freight facilities on the Channel Tunnel, where train coaches carry heavy lorries every day on a drive-on drive-off service? Most cross-Channel lorries simply take the cheaper option, ignore the alternative, and wait, sometimes for days, till the ferries resume. Why not start charging the lorries for parking along the M20, every time the ferries are held up? It’s only another sort of congestion charge. But once lorries were faced with that charge, we might rapidly find the motorway clearing. Nicholas Reed, Athelstan Road, Folkestone.