Monday 21 May 2018 / 11:46 AM Andy McDonald / Brexit / Transport

Government’s approach to contingency planning for lorries on M20 to Dover has been incompetent and disastrous – Andy McDonald

Andy McDonald MP, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, commenting on the Road Haulage Update, which contains contingency plans for lorries delayed at the Port of Dover and Eurotunnel, said:

“The Government’s approach to contingency planning for lorries on the economically vital M20 link to the port of Dover has been incompetent and disastrous. It had to scrap an important £250 million lorry park near the M20 last year because it got the plans wrong and has wasted millions on renting space for lorries at Manston Airport which has never been used.

“The scale of Transport Secretary Chris Grayling’s dithering and delaying since Operation Stack in 2015 is breath taking. A no deal Brexit could grind the South East of England to a halt, but Grayling is simply asleep at the wheel. This is yet another empty announcement from a Government which prefers launching consultations to taking actions.”