Charge lor­ries for park­ing on M20

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION -

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.

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