Emergency lorry parks set for northern Lincolnshire to prevent Brexit delays
Giant lorry parks are set to be built across northern Lincolnshire to deal with potential Brexit delays. The government has now granted itself permission to build anywhere across the boroughs in preparation for the end of the transition period. Thousands of lorries could be stored in these temporary sites if there is gridlock at the region’s ports.
29 areas across the country, including North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire, have been earmarked for them.
A temporary lorry park on the M20 in Kent during problems on the British/French border. A similar operation could be deployed on the M180 post-Brexit (Image: MDM)
Preliminary plans last year highlighted the M180 and football grounds as potential sites to store lorries and prevent chaos on the roads around docks. Following the transition period, lorry drivers would need to complete customs declarations before entering or leaving the EU, which could lead to delays.
Councils are understood to be in discussion with the government on locations for sites now, and no decisions have yet been on them. Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick MP has now issued the “special development orders” to fast-track the plans through, meaning they won’t require the usual lengthy planning process, and won’t face scrutiny from local people either.
Lorries queuing for ferries at the Port of Dover in Kent. There are fears that all crossings will face long delays after the Brexit transition period
Councillor Rob Waltham, the leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said: “I welcome these plans to create controls on our borders and manage immigration following Brexit.
“The government has consulted with the council on several occasions over potential sites and how to effectively manage the local borders following Brexit. “It’s important that any goods and people moving into the UK after the transition period are properly licensed, and we need to ensure it’s fair for all people accessing our markets. “Although we don’t know what agreement will be reached with the EU, it’s prudent of the government to put these plans into place and begin this investment in the area.
“The lorry parks will provide temporary employment for the local area, and could also be of future use if free ports are brought to northern Lincolnshire following Brexit.”
Killingholme Docks in North Lincolnshire (Image: GrimsbyLive)
A North East Lincolnshire Council spokesperson said: “As with other local authorities on the coast and around the country, we are continuing our planning for the end of the transition period. “This enabling legislation from the Government is part of the planning, but no decisions have been made in respect of the Humber and it is not possible to comment further at this stage.” Initial plans for hundreds of emergency spaces for lorries across the Humber were laid out in Operation Wellington.
Large sections of the M180 and Scunthorpe United’s home ground Sands Venue Stadium were proposed as possible sites. Vast amounts of traffic travel through northern Lincolnshire to the Grimsby and Immingham docks each day, mainly along the M180 and A180. The ports of Keadby and Gunness near Scunthorpe also handle traffic from the River Humber.
Scunthorpe United’s ground Sands Venue Stadium was previously identified as a potential emergency lorry park (Image: David Haber/scunthorpelive)
Construction has already begun on emergency lorry parks in Kent, where vehicles which don’t have the correct paperwork to enter the EU can be parked.
Under plans published last year, 75 vehicles could be accommodated at the Scunthorpe United home ground and 35 on the north side of the Humber Bridge.
The Walton Street facility in Hull, where Hull Fair is held, could hold 350.
Several local authorities in Yorkshire are also on the list of areas where the government can construct the parks.
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