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Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Kent

Question for Department for Transport

UIN HL11694, tabled on 30 December 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) toilet, (2) refreshment, and (3) other arrangements they have made for lorry drivers delayed by the closure of English Channel ports.

Answered on

14 January 2021

The Department for Transport is providing catering, toilet and medical facilities for hauliers who are directed to the Manston and Sevington sites. In the event of significant disruption on the M20, the Kent Resilience Forum (KRF) may take the decision to activate their Driver Welfare Plan, which includes the proportionate distribution of welfare at the roadside. Both the Department and the KRF monitor the situation closely and have the capability to increase the provision of welfare depending on the scale of demand. This was demonstrated in the response to the extreme traffic disruption that occurred over the Christmas period due to the closure of the French border.