Take the time to get Stack strat­egy right

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Points Of View -

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.

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