Mick Tedder provides MPs in Dover, Folkestone, Ashford, Thanet, Canterbury and Maidstone solution in excess of lorry delays for port-certain site visitors

1 gentleman has created to neighborhood politicians giving a system to avert long run lorry snarl-ups.

This is now specially feared as a result of additional paperwork for hauliers subsequent Brexit.

Mick Tedder around Dover Harbour. File picture: Matt Bristow

Mick Tedder’s letter has long gone to the MPs for Dover, Thanet, Folkestone, Canterbury, Ashford and Maidstone in addition the leaders of Dover District Council and Kent County Council and to Dover City Council.

Mr Tedder, 71, of Buckland Avenue, Dover, was a senior forwarding clerk at the town’s freight forwarding enterprise George Hammond Group from 1968 to 2011.

He has also been a group representative for the Port of Dover’s Port Group Forum for 6 a long time.

Below is his in depth remedy.

Walls of vehicles in Dover stuck by the French border closure, December 22.
Partitions of cars in Dover trapped by the French border closure, December 22.

The foreseeable future of Kent’s roads article Brexit – January 2021.

In the really late hrs of December 31 we regained, so we are told, our national sovereignty.

This was a person of the main prosperous arguments why so several acknowledged Brexit as the greatest way forward for us as a country.

Whichever our personal viewpoints, the deed is carried out, and we now have to shift ahead and if you like start to recreate ourselves as the global investing nation it need to be our collective ambition to turn out to be.

To do this we want to commence on property soil by producing contemporary supporting infrastructures in road, rail and aviation sectors that will enable us to generate this ahead together with the supporting Federal government agencies, Customs, DEFRA and Port Well being that are all part of the similar package deal.

We have to focus in the beginning on the EU due to the fact, like them or not, they will remain a person of our biggest and most essential buying and selling companions definitely in the brief expression and no question perfectly into the long run.

A substantial percentage of EU trade, import and export, is taken care of by vehicles by using the channel terminals at the Port of Dover and the close by Eurotunnel exterior Folkestone.

Delays on the M20 between Junction 11 and Junction 11a due to delays at the Eurotunnel, September 2020.Picture: Barry Goodwin.
Delays on the M20 amongst Junction 11 and Junction 11a due to delays at the Eurotunnel, September 2020.Photo: Barry Goodwin.

Permit us, for an unpleasant minute, return to those chaotic periods before Christmas exactly where some 8,000 vehicles ended up parked up and who is aware how numerous other individuals and non-public autos productively brought the Port, city of Dover and numerous other streets in the location to a entire standstill for numerous days as very well as necessitating the activation of functions Stack, Brock and Fennel.

For us in East Kent of class it is not the to start with time this sort of disruption has occurred.

These types of occasions have been likely on for practically a 10 years now and through this time we have not experienced a one coherent long-phrase approach from Central Governing administration to take care of this concern after and for all but just a series of unrelated seemingly knee-jerk so-called initiatives.

With this in head I would supply the following that I regard as a radical still an EU/Macron foreseeable future-proofed solution. The volume of agricultural land in unique needed would be significant but this is thanks completely to constant neglect of this festering challenge by Central Governing administration.

It is crystal clear for Kent, in specific, we require a revolution in imagining and knowledge of the issues and challenges these trucks inflict on us regionally.

I would counsel an fast urgent big assessment of our Border infrastructure specifications as we can not find the money for to have our Terminal links to the EU held hostage once again.

A trucker kept waiting at Manston, Christmas Eve
A trucker kept ready at Manston, Christmas Eve

Given the earlier mentioned I would offer the subsequent equation to take care of this problem

Stack + Brock + Fennel = MITS x 2 which will require the adhering to to (re)solve.

A) The development of two Mega Intercontinental Truck Stops (MITS) each and every capable of holding 10,000 trucks.

B) Places ~ the initially on the coastbound M20 right before and with a direct non-motorway hyperlink into the Channel Tunnel and potential to serve Dover Port by using the M20/A20.

The second on the A2 outside the house Dover, once more on the coastbound side just before the traffic lights and the Lydden/Coldred interchange.

C) Each MITS would have capability to undertake Customs import clearances and examinations and process export documentation and contain their own Customs/DEFRA/Port Wellbeing amenities.

This would go away each Terminals to operate far more or much less as they did prior to Brexit or with negligible import/export

bureaucratic intervention.

D) Every web page would have the ability to acquire Customs accepted bonded warehouses that could open up up groupage and transhipment opportunities.

E) Port of Dover/Tunnel/Ferry corporations to jointly deal with on an operational basis equally web sites as they would be responsible for calling ahead vans when appropriate for their terminals to get for vessels to load and regional street

disorders permit.

F) Each web-site, through a 3rd bash, would present a complete variety of amenities to protect truckers demands and would be operate on a industrial basis.

G) ALL continental certain freight vans/vans would have to report to one of the MITS for initial Customs check out, ferry reserving affirmation and, would only be launched ahead, on particular selected streets, when expected at either terminal. This should remove the prospect of ‘hostage’ scenes witnessed just before Christmas outside the house Dover Jap Docks, hopefully extra law enforcement involvement and it’s possible even the conclude of Dover Tap?

H) In time of ‘heavy traffic’ trucks would only be produced forward when major direct accessibility roadways ~ A20/A2 ~ were obvious and Terminal facilities had been readily available to approach for loading retaining local streets totally free.

I) ALL continental sure freight would by law when moving into Kent only be permitted on the M20/A20/M2/A2 or be in a MITS.

They have no cause to be any place else so in a solitary motion must obvious our streets and lay-bys of undesirable juggernauts. This will get rid of the prerequisite for permits to enter the County.

J) Finance – The constructions of each MITS to be compensated for by Central Govt as to begin with it is in the national, as well as local curiosity, they are developed and as rapidly as feasible.

Ongoing maintenance and managing expenditures would be funded by a £2 levy, for every freight device in each route, gathered

by ferry providers with their freight expenditures and would include things like say 6/8 several hours no cost time in the MITS or more time if street ailments need.

K) Acquisition of land for the MITS would feel to be straight forward supplied the Governments current thriving use of Special Growth Orders at Sevington outdoors Ashford and Guston around Dover.

Lorries at Dover town centre queued after the French border shutdown, Christmas Eve.
Lorries at Dover city centre queued soon after the French border shutdown, Christmas Eve.

Standard observations are as follows:

a) Atmosphere, quite rightly is a most important component, but some time there has to be a trade-off involving which is fascinating and is regarded as the lesser of two evils and this I believe is this sort of a circumstance.

While both destinations would entail the decline of farmland and habitat they are away from centres of inhabitants.

Websites at both Sevington and Guston as very well as many others staying proposed are extremely near to existing homes who will be blighted with continual on heading sound and other pollution troubles. Two these MITS will allow the closure or abandonment of smaller sized truck parks found advert hoc all over the County and past, which will have to be a excellent factor.

b) With all freight destined for only two specified web-sites, must we find ourselves in a situation as we endured over Christmas when the French halted arrivals from the British isles, demanding obvious Covid tests, then all trucks will be in 1 of two destinations to be dealt with, which signifies both of those our roadways and terminals will continue to be very clear and operational.

c) Manston took some 4,000 trucks all through the the latest French impressed Covid drama but is, subject to setting up apps, due to be returned in the not-way too-distant upcoming to getting an active airport that will deliver a key economical boost to the Thanet area or even for housing.

Exactly where will these 4,000 vans now be accommodated the upcoming time they cannot shift freely to France?

d) It is important for just about every MITS to have its have Customs/DEFRA/Port Health and fitness services.

This must not be an situation as Sevington and Guston, if completed will present the ideal admin templates with MITS just becoming on a larger sized scale.

e) Compared to the Continent we feel to be well guiding in wanting after trucker’s welfare which is reflected by Ferries and Eurotunnel.

Lorry delays happen for various reasons. This one at Dover, before last month's French border shutdown, was partly due to supply lines affected by coronavirus.
Lorry delays happen for a variety of causes. This one particular at Dover, right before previous month’s French border shutdown, was partly due to source traces afflicted by coronavirus.

We rely on these vehicles to bring a substantial share of what we as a nation require to survive on and MITS would definitely present greater situations for all concerned.

I have confidence in you find the over at least informative and is based mostly on my working for an Company in the Port of Dover for about 40 decades where I have had involvement and expertise in practically each part of Port daily life such as Customs Clearance, as required even in advance of we joined what later on became the EU.

I would welcome any responses you may possibly have, fantastic or terrible, and regard this paper as a reasonable basis for dialogue as, we have to start somewhere and to day I have observed almost nothing comparable.

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