No Deal Brexit will put a lorry park on my doorstep

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AS some­one who lives close to the M26 and a lo­cal parish coun­cil­lor, I am dev­as­tated at the plan to con­vert the mo­tor­way into a lorry park if there is a No Deal Brexit. The plan, which was not dis­closed to lo­cal coun­cil­lors or MPs by the Sec­re­tary of State for Trans­port Chris Grayling un­til a few hours be­fore work be­gan last week, will see the M26 mo­tor­way closed overnight up to Christ­mas for road­works. One of the lo­cal MPs Sir Michael Fal­lon ad­mit­ted to me that he was shocked at this move. This is ter­ri­ble for lo­cal peo­ple who are al­ready suf­fer­ing from the lack of a slip road to the mo­tor­way, which causes a high vol­ume of traf­fic through lo­cal vil­lages. Peo­ple are wor­ried that we might end up with the big­gest lorry car park in Europe on our doorstep, with the Bor­der Agency op­er­at­ing next to our homes and schools. Our MP Tom Tu­gend­hat has been cam­paign­ing with us for a junc­tion 5 slip road to im­prove air qual­ity and stop lo­cal roads be­ing used as a rat run. I be­lieve that the pos­si­ble clos­ing of the M26 for Brexit lorry stack­ing is the real rea­son why the De­part­ment of Trans­port has dropped the pos­si­bil­ity of a slip road. What a low blow. Imag­ine all the lor­ries com­ing from Hast­ings and Tun­bridge Wells to­wards Sevenoaks that can’t get onto the M26 east­bound to­wards Maid­stone be­cause there is no slip road. So how would they join the lorry park? All the traf­fic will end up in lo­cal vil­lages. Cllr BARTOSZ WLODARCZYK,

Bor­ough Green, Kent.

Stop the traf­fic: Bartosz Wlodarczyk (in­set) fears the crip­pling ef­fect on Kent’s vil­lages

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