The Government has published plans to park lorries on the M20 motorway in the event of post-Brexit customs delays at Dover.
The plans, released in the form of a written ministerial statement from the Department of Transport, says that: “The Secretary of State [Chris Grayling] also asked Highways England to develop an improved interim arrangement for holding lorries on the M20, whilst allowing traffic to continue to flow in both directions and keeping junctions open.”
Commenting, Stephen Doughty MP, leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, said:
“We all remember Operation Stack and the traffic chaos that ensued, with 30-mile long queues of trucks and lorries stuck on motorways for days at a time. Brexit threatens to make this a daily reality.
“The Government is beginning contingency planning for traffic delays due to customs hold-ups, which means they are fully aware of the logistical nightmare they are going to cause through their ludicrous decision to leave the Customs Union.
“No-one voted for a Brexit that results in traffic chaos around our ports and airports. This is yet more evidence of the need for a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal.”
Notes to editors
The full written ministerial statement can be read here: https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-statement/Commons/2018-05-21/HCWS698/