Stack ‘so­lu­tion’ is short-sighted

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Points Of View -

Are we re­ally sur­prised by the Op­er­a­tion Stack mas­ter­plan that has been put for­ward which is to build vast lorry parks in Kent at enor­mous cost that will only be used oc­ca­sion­ally, a so­lu­tion our lo­cal MP Damian Green ap­pears to en­dorse.

This my­opic plan epit­o­mises the fail­ure of Gov­ern­ment to ap­pro­pri­ately ad­dress a prob­lem that has ex­isted for more than 25 years.

The peo­ple of Kent con­tinue to bear the bur­den of the vast con­voys of lor­ries from Europe even though Kent is merely a gate­way to their ul­ti­mate des­ti­na­tions across the coun­try.

Let us have a so­lu­tion that ad­dresses more than just the prob­lem of Op­er­a­tion Stack. The con­ges­tion faced daily on key roads caused by the vast num­ber of lor­ries could be re­duced by a move to get large num­bers of these lor­ries on to the rail­way net­work.

Why are we not cre­at­ing rail­way hubs across the coun­try that would en­able lor­ries to dis­em­bark close to their ul­ti­mate des­ti­na­tions? When an Op­er­a­tion Stack type sit­u­a­tion arises lor­ries could then be held at these rail­way hubs around the coun­try and not have them caus­ing chaos in Kent.

Of course such a plan would no doubt be sub­stan­tially more costly in fi­nan­cial terms for the gov­ern­ment than one build­ing vast un­used con­crete lorry parks in Kent, so de­spite its ob­vi­ous at­trac­tions would be a non-starter for a short sighted gov­ern­ment. Alan Mckenna, Ash­ford Fred­die Cle­ments, Ash­ford

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