Media round up – RHA sets out road improvement asks on BBC

Media round up – RHA sets out road improvement asks on BBC

19 Jun 2024 Posted By Paul Mummery

The RHA restated its call this week for government to give the green light to the Lower Thames Crossing. The proposed road scheme connecting Essex and Kent and relieving pressure on the Dartford Crossing would double capacity and benefit local businesses, we told BBC Radio 4 PM programme on Tuesday (18 June).

James Barwise, Policy Lead, said we believe it would unlock significant economic benefits for the region and improve journey reliability for HGVs, LGVs and coaches.

We recently wrote to the Secretary of State to request that government gives consent to the proposals.

James had earlier made the case for more infrastructure investment. He told BBC’s Politics South East (Sunday 16 June) that better roads would help unlock the UK’s economic potential by reducing congestion and improving journey times.

Meanwhile, Public Affairs Manager Ashton Cull, restated our calls for more safe and secure parking for lorry drivers and more high-quality truck stops out on the road. He told BBC Surrey (Tuesday 18 June) that truckers deserve to be treated better and should feel valued at work.

Lorries support economic growth, and we all rely on them to deliver our goods, he added as local officials consult on plans to prevent trucks from using some local routes in the county.

We’ve written to the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat leaders ahead of the 4 July polls with our key asks to support our sector to boost the economy.