RHA to chair Channel crossing improvements study group

RHA to chair Channel crossing improvements study group

Port of Dover is the UK’s busiest cross-Channel port - Image: IR Stone / Shutterstock.com

Kent County Council has invited the Road Haulage Association (RHA) to lead a study group to investigate solutions and to address the problems relating to the county’s Channel crossing and the disruption caused by Operation Stack.

Peter Cullum, RHA head of international affairs and study group chairman said: “This invitation follows on from Government’s request for action after recent disruptions at the Channel crossings and we are delighted to have the chance to apply some new thinking to deal with future growth requirements.

“This is an issue that needs to be addressed urgently and we aim to have our report to the Strategic Delivery Group completed by April.  A workable solution will need a holistic approach and we will look positively at every proposal, whether from the industry, specific stakeholders or the public.

“Easier access into Europe is already a national challenge and should be treated as such.”

Operation Stack is often used by Kent Police and the Port of Dover to park (hold) lorries on the M20 motorway in Kent when services across the English Channel are disrupted, for example by bad weather or industrial action.  The volume of freight handled between Dover and Calais has increased by 20% over the past two years.

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