Could this be the end of motorists’ nightmare?
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.