Highways England publicly launched their listening exercise on Operation Stack. According to the Government press notice (see https://www.gov.uk/government/news/operation-stack-listening-exercise-starts-today), the exercise is part of a completely fresh look at how traffic can be managed better when there is disruption to services across the English Channel. The exercise is inviting feedback on the development of a lorry holding area. The press statement says that the solution could be an on-or off holding area for lorries, at one site or a number of sites and that no specific sites have been identified at this stage. Highways England is also inviting views on the possible provision of 24-hour lorry parking facilities for everyday use by lorry drivers, which could help with lorry parking problems in Kent.
The deadline for responding to Highways England is 11.59pm on Sunday 22 July.
Further details on the listening exercise, including how to respond to the consultation, brochure and public information points, can be found via the following link: https://highwaysengland.citizenspace.com/he/solutions-to-operation-stack/.
Highways England is holding a number of public events around the county, details of which can be found using the above link.