Last reviewed 25 September 2020

We recently reported on the Government decision to take powers to grant emergency planning permission to build temporary lorry parks in 29 local authority areas across England (see Haulage groups concerned about border readiness).

Reacting to the news the Policy Manager for Road Infrastructure at Logistics UK (formerly the Freight Transport Association (FTA)), Chris Yarsley, recognised that these sites are essential to keep disruption on the UK’s roads to a minimum in the immediate post-transition period.

He said that the Government must ensure that drivers will have access to facilities, such as toilets and showers, if they are to be held in place for some time and was therefore pleased to see that the relevant Order includes a provision for welfare facilities.

However, Mr Yarsley warned the Government that there were other factors that must be taken into account.

They must, for example, ensure that the sites are placed in appropriate locations — close to road networks and fully accessible for commercial vehicles, placed away from unsuitable roads and low bridges.

“While the lorry parks are likely to be a temporary solution as new systems, processes and demands are embedded post-Brexit,” Mr Yarsley went on, ”it is important that the authorities remain mindful of local businesses and residents, with road disruption to be kept to a minimum.”

Logistics UK is also calling on the Government to ensure that the sites are staffed with qualified officials who have the means and the authority to get a vehicle border ready if the driver does not have the full paperwork required.

This will, it stressed, be essential to keep traffic moving as quickly as possible and to protect supply chains from further disruption.