How the M20 might soon be loo-king
There may have been non-disclosure agreements signed, but the Daily Mail reported that plans are afoot for portable loos along the M20.
In the event of a ‘Brexit No-deal’ Border checks could mean gridlock on the M20 with long delays and little facilities for HGV drivers caught short, or long depending on the length of anticipated queues.
The RHA have criticised the lack of planning for this post Brexit eventuality.
Chief executive of the RHA, Richard Burnett, stated:
“Of course we welcome the news that the needs of the thousands of HGV drivers heading towards Dover each day have been taken into consideration but how on earth will the system work?
If the hard shoulder is to be used for traffic heading towards the Tunnel and the outside lane used by traffic heading towards the Port – where will the toilets be located? We cannot expect drivers to run across two active motorway lanes.
A more effective, hygienic and safe solution is needed. Thought should to be given to mobile truck mounted facilities that can utilise the central area, be easily emptied and cleaned.”
Not just loos needed
“On peak days over 10,000 freight vehicles pass through Dover. To plan for 2000 trucks over 13 miles is at best wildly optimistic,” said Burnett.
Drivers don’t just need somewhere to stop, they need to be given the same consideration as all other road users. Toilets facilities, food and water are a human right – not a privilege.”