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Logistics UK warns over Kent road chaos

[ August 24, 2020   //   ]

The Operation Brock measures to manage international freight moving through the port of Dover and Channel Tunnel must not be allowed to disrupt local transport, said Logistics UK (formely FTA) in its response to government consultation.

Policy manager for road infrastructure Chris Yarsley added that the need to interact with the complementary Smart Freight System, meant that international transport operators may have to use no less than eight different systems. He said: “This is a tall order and the least they can expect is to be given appropriate support and sufficient time to get familiar with these platforms.”

Logistics UK is urging the government to give the industry visibility of the system as an urgent priority and time to test and adapt to it ahead of the implementation date of January 2021.

Smart Freight aims to keep traffic moving through Kent by preventing trucks that are not ‘border ready’ from accessing the county’s road network.

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