Take the time to get Stack strategy right
Some of it it seems barmy – pouring in £468 million to continue the problem of Operation Stack. This would still involve using the M20 for parking lorries, which was exactly what caused the mass disruption to our roads. But the rest of the new strategy to counter Stack being discussed by Kent county councillors this week seems to make sense, using off-road land to hold most trucks. But the glaring flaw in this strategy is still leaving 1,500 lorries clogging up the M20. Yes it would take another 5,000 off the roads but the whole point is to leave our highways absolutely free of idle lorries. This plan, jointly worked on by groups such as Kent County Council, the Highways Agency and Kent Police, is on the right lines but it needs more thought. And while the £468 million bill may seem uncomfortable, the fact is that vast sums of money are needed to solve this problem. Kent’s traffic ground to a halt for 32 days over the summer at a cost of £250 million a day for the haulage industry. That multiplies to £8 billion. We need to solve this nightmare of Operation Stack but it is worth investing plenty of time to think all strategies through.