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Will a Kent lorry park double in size?

Plans to double the size of a lorry park in Kent have been debated in Parliament.

Expansion to the site in Ashford would increase the existing three hundred spaces to six hundred. The move could reduce the problem of trucks parking in housing estates and lay-bys overnight.

Truckstop manager, Darren Smith, explains:

More to follow.

Contract awarded for M20 lorry park

Highways England has today awarded a contract worth £130 million to Balfour Beatty to build a massive new lorry park near junction 11 of the M20.

It's to help stop the chaos caused by Operation Stack.

It comes ahead of a Government decision on which of two controversial options near Stanford will see the development for up to 3,600 lorries.

With more here's our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse.


Plans for two lorry parks to relieve Operation Stack

For many drivers it was a summer of traffic chaos.

For 32 days, Operation Stack was in place with lorries parked up along the M20 in Kent, to cope with disruption on cross Channel routes.

Hauliers and holidaymakers were stranded and surrounding villages gridlocked with traffic.

Today Highways England finally revealed plans for two lorry parks which could see the end of Operation Stack. But work won't start at least for another 18 months.

Andrea Thomas has been finding out more.

Consultation launched into plans for new lorry park in Kent

The M20 was repeatedly closed by queuing lorries earlier this year Credit: ITV Meridian

A public consultation is being launched today into proposals for a major new lorry park that could help avoid the need for operation stack.

The M20 was repeatedly closed by queuing lorries this summer when services across the English Channel were disrupted by French industrial action and migrants trying to cross to England.