Unused lorry park wastes £6m
The Government's arrangement to use the Manston airport site as an emergency lorry parking area if Operation Stack is used has so far cost the taxpayer more than £5.7 million.
The deal to use Manston as a short-term solution was first struck following a Summer of disruption in 2015 due to growing migrant camps in Calais.
This arrangement had been due to finish at the end of last month.
The RHA think that the lorry park is in a completely unsuitable location and would be useless if it were ever called upon.
A Freedom of Information request has now revealed that between August 2015 and December 2017, the Department for Transport paid Stone Hill Park £5,742,011 – even though the site was never used.
RHA 70th Annual Lunch
The Road Haulage Association is pleased to announce that Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling MP has confirmed his attendance as guest speaker at the RHA Annual Lunch at London Hilton on Park Lane, on Thursday 12 July.
More information about the event and tickets are available here.
Mersey Gateway Tolls
Tolls at the Mersey Gateway started late last year. The tolls are enforced by dedicated cameras on the toll gantry - scanning vehicle number plates and special merseyflow stickers.
Information on tolls and discounts for registered users, can be found here.
Registered users obtain a discount and this does require setting up an account.
If you want to pay a toll this can be done here.
The full toll rate (up to £8.00 for a lorry) needs to be paid by 11:59pm the day after a trip over the bridge, a penalty charge notice of up to £60 will be made if a toll is not paid.
New lorry park proposed in Kent
GSE Group Ltd has revealed that planning application has been submitted for £150 million lorry park to be built at Waterbrook in Ashford.
The lorry park will be based to the east of Ashford, off the A2070 trunk road, and will provide spaces for 600 vehicles to stay overnight - more than double the size of the current site.
Once the truck stop is complete, work would then start on the construction of a further 400 houses, which would link into the Orbital Park roundabout on the A2070.
The 140-acre site will also include which will include the new headquarters for GSE, and offices for the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency.
A Jaguar Land Rover dealership and commercial premises will also be based there, which could create 750 jobs.
Ashford Borough Council’s planning officers are expected to produce a report by Tuesday 17 April.
To view the plans online visit the planning section at www.ashford.gov.ukand search for reference 18/00098/AS.
Local regulation: RHA campaigns
The RHA has been campaigning for a considerable time on a range of local regulations that are challenging the road haulage industry. This lobby activity covers detailed discussions with political leaders and officials throughout the UK.
This week the RHA was a key part of a delegation of trade bodies who met Jesse Norman, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State to raise concerns about mushrooming local regulation such as Direct Vision, FORS, etc.
Further discussions will be taking place over coming months.
A303 upgrade consultation
Highways England are holding a consultation on a proposal to upgrade the A303 between Sparkford and Ilchester in Somerset to a dual carriageway. This consultation runs from Friday 26 January to Friday 9 March 2018. If you use this road then you can take the opportunity to have your say.
To find out more visit you can visit the Highways England site here.