‘Big­ger truck­stop near M20 will solve prob­lem’

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Update - By Dan Wright

Bosses at the Ash­ford truck­stop say they will solve the town’s lorry park­ing prob­lem if their plans to ex­pand are ap­proved.

The HGV park off Bad Mun­stereifel Road near Junction 10 has room for 300 trucks, but man­agers have to turn away be­tween 50 and 100 lor­ries ev­ery night.

They now want to build an all-new truck stop with up to 650 spa­ces close to the rail­way line – which will be dou­ble the size of their cur­rent fa­cil­ity.

Man­ager Dar­ren Smith said: “An ex­tra 300 spa­ces will solve the prob­lem of lorry park­ing in Ash­ford.

“We haven’t got the room at the mo­ment, which is why we want to solve the prob­lem by build­ing a brand new site.

“We won’t close our cur­rent site un­til the new one is built, so it means we will never close.”

Fig­ures for June and July this year showed the park was op­er­at­ing at 97% ca­pac­ity – 8% higher than the same pe­riod in 2016 and 10% more than in 2015.

More ve­hi­cles ar­riv­ing through the Euro­tun­nel and Port of Dover use Ash­ford as a stop-off point after ar­rival and be­fore de­part­ing the coun­try.

Mr Smith said: “We are hop­ing, if we get it cleared, we can open our new site by April 2019.

“It is going to be a huge site as we al­ready have 50 staff Top, Ash­ford Water­brook Park un­der con­struc­tion, and, be­low, image of the new Jaguar Land Rover deal­er­ship; right, truck­stop man­ager Dar­ren Smith at the mo­ment. We never close – we are oper­a­tional 365 days a year.

“I think the new junction

Pic­ture: Maxim

Plans show how Ash­ford’s new truck­stop could look

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