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In an effort to reduce the number of lorries parked on the sides of roads during the overnight hours, Kent County Council is now looking at the possibility of building three new lorry parks capable of holding up to 200 vehicles apiece. If the plans come to fruition, the council hopes to see both foreign and domestic HGV drivers use the parks rather than pulling off to the side of the road.

Right now, lorries can be seen parking at the roadside in many places along motorways in Kent. This causes a problem inasmuch as it impedes traffic flow, especially during periods when Operation Stack is being implemented. Other problems have been mentioned as well; problems like litter, drivers defecating and urinating at roadside, and crime.

According to sources, the council is looking at locations in Dover, Shepway, and Swale. The council will pay for construction of the park, and then award contracts for their operation. Recovery of the funds would be realised through charging drivers for the services offered. However, those plans may prove to be counterproductive.

In the past, drivers have said they may choose not to use dedicated lorry parks because they are charged for parking in addition to the various services offered. Many have said they are more than happy to pay for a shower and a cup of coffee, but not for parking. Other drivers cite the unusually high prices at truck stops as reason why they do not purchase anything from them.

It remains to be seen whether the Kent Council will take driver concerns into consideration when planning the parks. Hopefully they will. It would be a shame to invest so much money only to have drivers continue parking at roadside.

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Kent Online – http://www.kentonline.co.uk/folkestone_express/news/drive-to-cut-county-truck-stops-13450/


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