Renewed pleas for an A2 lorry park

The leaders of three east Kent councils are urging transport chiefs to create a purpose-built lorry park off the A2.

They say the facility is needed to tackle the issue of lorries hogging lay-bys and slip roads, engines being left running in villages and mess left by roadsides.

Canterbury City Council leader Simon Cook says his Nailbourne ward, which includes villages such as Barham and Bridge, is particularly badly affected.

“Along this stretch of the A2, parked HGVs frequently overhang onto the running lanes of the A2 and create a hazard,” Cllr Cook said.

Cllr Simon Cook

“Lorries are also often parked in all the lay-bys along the road, leaving no safe area for other drivers to use in an emergency situation.”

Last month three men died and a fourth was seriously injured when their Mercedes ploughed into a lorry parked on the A2 near Dunkirk.

Cllr Cook, along with Dover Council leader Keith Morris and Swale’s Andrew Bowles, made their plea to the Department for Transport (DfT).

“We have formally requested suitable lorry parking close to the A2,” Cllr Cook said.

“Lorry drivers are a crucial part of the country’s economy, putting food on our table and delivering the goods we all need.

“They need to take regular breaks, but in permanent planned sites with the proper facilities. Our laybys and country roads are not the right place for them to take their breaks and a proper solution is what is needed.”

The leaders’ letter to the DfT is a response to the government’s Moving Britain Ahead consultation.

It is exploring investing in roads and includes the National Roads Fund that will see £15billion pumped into motorways and major trunk routes up to 2021.

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