RHA Doesn’t Want the M26 Motorway Plans to Affect Christmas

The M26 motorway in Kent is one of the busiest routes for haulers who are going to be travelling towards mainland Europe. It is going to be closed from 10pm until 5:30am, Monday to Friday. This could cause problems for those who work in driver recruitment or even a driving agency. The Brexit plan includes preparing this section of the motorway as a lorry park and that this is going to be for the port-bound freight traffic as well. This needs to be managed as much as possible because if it isn't then this could lead to severe disruption and even delays. This is especially the case when you look at the Eurotunnel and Dover.

The RHA chief Richard Burnett has stated that this diversion will mean that vehicles have to travel 10 miles extra between the M25 so that they can meet the M20 on the southbound. It is also a very strange route to take, but there is going to be a statement released on this that will hopefully explain everything. Over 10,000 lorries will lead to Dover every single day and at least half of those are going to be on the southern section. The likelihood of holdups ultimately mean that 5,000 trucks will create a bottleneck and this could lead to even more issues in the future. Richard also went on to say that Brexit has been a reality since the vote to leave the EU was taken. The contingency plan is to try and prepare for the worst but it is only 130 days until we leave. Why is work like this being left until the last minute? Who knows, but that being said, more needs to be done to try and make sure that lorry drivers are able to continue their route as normal.

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