Misery for residents as lorry park fills up
Bid to find solution to Orbital Park lorry nightmare
A LACK of space on Ashford’s official lorry park is the main reason for the problems at Orbital Park, according to the official site’s manager.
The Truck Stop Transport Cafe, also known as Ashford International Truck Stop, has been based on the A2070 off Junction 10 of the M20 for 14 years.
But the rising number of HGVs on Kent’s roads means the site is full most of the time, meaning lorry drivers have to find alternative locations to park and rest.
“There’s a limit to what we can take here,” said Truck Stop general manager Richard Welch.
“We have capacity for 300 vehicles and we are full most nights.
“It’s not a question now of being able to pay. The majority realise they need to park up in a secure area and that there’s a payment for that.”
Last week we reported how businesses based on the new development at Orbital Park were fed up with foreign lorries arriving each night.
They accused the lorry drivers of creating a mess and breaking up the roads.
Mr Welch said Kent had experienced a noticeable rise in road haulage transport in recent years due to the Channel Tunnel and the ports.
Mr Welch added the Truck Stop was the only place in Kent with a full range of facilities for lorry drivers.
Crucially, the owners of the lorry park are likely to sell the site off for housing in the next few years.
Cllr Elizabeth Tweed, chairman of the Ashford Joint Transport Board, said: “I am very concerned about the conditions on Orbital Park as there is such a mess, and about on street parking elsewhere in the Ashford area.
The county councillor added: “Kent County Council and Ashford Borough Council are actively looking for somewhere else to use as a lorry park.”
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Truck Stop Transport Cafe, which residents say is too small for the number of lorries that need to stop