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Accepting written evidence; the deadline is 29 February 2016
The Transport Committee took evidence on the impact of Operation Stack on 14 October 2015 following a summer in which Operation Stack was used on an unprecedented number of days. The evidence identified a number of issues on which the Committee sought the views of the Secretary of State for Transport, to which he has responded.
In November 2015 the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced funding up to £250 million for a permanent lorry park to increase resilience in Kent, by taking pressure off the roads in the event of Operation Stack. The Government will consult on a preferred site at Stanford and other alternatives shortly. In the short term, the former Manston Airport site will continue to be used as a lorry park.
The Committee follows up its one-off evidence session on Operation Stack with an inquiry. The Committee would be pleased to receive evidence on Operation Stack and any of the issues identified in evidence taken by the Committee on 14 October 2015.
Evidence given by Natalie Chapman, Head of Policy, Freight Transport Association, Tim Waggott, Chief Executive Officer, Port of Dover, and Peter Cullum, Head of International Affairs, Road Haulage Association; Paul Carter, Leader, Kent County Council, Assistant Chief Constable Jo Shiner, Kent Police, and David Brewer, Network Delivery and Development Director, Highways England (at 9.50am); Paul Watkins, Leader, Dover District Council, and Jennifer Hollingsbee, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Communities, Shepway District Council (at 10.35am).
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Transport Committee announces inquiry on Operation Stack following one-off evidence session