Response to the proposed M20 lorry area at Stanford West

ICE South East England responds to Highways England’s alternative to Operation Stack, a 65 hectare lorry area on the M20

ICE South East England has responded to a consultation by Highways England on a proposed 65 hectare lorry area providing space for a total of 3,600 lorries. The lorry area is set to solve issues caused by Operation Stack, where HGVs are queued up on the M20 after an unexpected incident, such as industrial action, extreme weather or a security threat. The new lorry area will provide a location for the HGVs to park whilst the incident is resolved, freeing up the M20.

However, in the response to the consultation, ICE South East England suggest that the lorry area could be reduced in size and a Quickchange Moveable Barrier (QMB) system could be reintroduced to open up the M20. ICE South East England highlight a number of concerns with the proposed lorry area, including its lack of use when there is no unexpected incident, air quality issues due to the number of diesel vehicles on site and the cost of management and operation.

ICE South East England calls on Highways England to examine a number of these areas and to provide more analysis of the lorry area.

This consultation has been produced by the ICE South East England Transport Panel:

  • Rod Hulse, Chair
  • Brian Wareham, London Bridge Associates
  • Irini Alexopoulou, Aecom
  • Rob Avery, London Bridge Associates
  • Dave Darnell, WSP UK
  • Ray Powell, Infrata
  • Deepu Prabhakaran, Transport Research Laboratory
  • Mike Stephens

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