Could this be the end of mo­torists’ night­mare?

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - FRONT PAGE -

COUNTY trans­port chiefs are ex­pected to un­veil their al­ter­na­tive op­tions to Op­er­a­tion Stack to­day (Thurs­day). It is un­der­stood Kent County Coun­cil has iden­ti­fied a po­ten­tial site for a semiper­ma­nent lorry park which could be used to hold as many as 2,000 lor­ries when Op­er­a­tion Stack is put in place by the po­lice. The county coun­cil has al­ready ac­knowl­edged a lorry park could take more than two years to come to fruition and may cost up to £20mil­lion. KCC rep­re­sen­ta­tives are due to meet with trans­port min­is­ter and Kent MP Dr Steve Ladyman to­day to present their op­tions and dis­cuss where the money for buy­ing land and build­ing the park will come from. KCC has spent ten weeks ex­am­in­ing pos­si­ble sites for a lorry park, which could be on farm­land next to the M20. A park could avoid the need to close stretches of the M20 to traf­fic and limit the wide­spread dis­rup­tion on other roads. The meet­ing is also ex­pected to con­sider whether a park would be less costly than a plan to use what is known as a Quick Move­able Bar­rier, which could be used to keep some lanes open along the mo­tor­way when Op­er­a­tion Stack is trig­gered. KCC be­lieves a park is a less costly op­tion than the bar­rier.

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