Risk of cre­at­ing more prob­lems

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Southeastern Survey -

The Port of Dover has also ex­pressed reser­va­tions, telling High­ways Eng­land a re­lief lorry park could cre­ate more prob­lems than it solved.

The port’s sub­mis­sion states: “There is a real risk of try­ing to cre­ate a panacea, the ef­fects of which creates more is­sues than it solves.”

It em­pha­sises that last sum­mer’s dis­rup­tion over an un­in­ter­rupted 35-day pe­riod were “unique and un­prece­dented” and once the root causes were ad­dressed “the sta­tus quo re­sumed quickly.”

It says there is a “sub­stan­tial risk” that “in­vest­ing a large sum of money” in deal­ing with Op Stack will lead to “other el­e­ments” added on to jus­tify the costs – a ref­er­ence to the op­tion of op­er­at­ing it as an overnight lorry park through­out the year.

While the port of­fers sup­port for the Stan­ford West op­tion, it states that the site’s lo­ca­tion 23km from the port “is clearly go­ing to have sig­nif­i­cant im­pacts on the port’s busi­ness.”

It also queries whether the re­lief lorry park will be able to re­lease 400 HGVs an hour.

It ar­gues the lorry park should be one el­e­ment of a wider strat­egy that in­cluded the op­tion of mak­ing more of the A2 a dual car­riage­way to deal with hauliers di­vert­ing away from the M20.

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