Sandwich truckstop among 38 to receive funding to upgrade facilities

The lorry park at Sandwich Photo Jodie Nesling

Embassy Truck Stop on the Ramsgate Road at Sandwich is among 38 truckstops to receive funding to upgrade rest areas, welfare facilities and secure parking.

The grants are from a £16 million pot in joint government and industry investment to improve roadside facilities

Today (4 March), Roads Minister Guy Opperman confirmed that the truckstops will be able to make the improvements thanks to £6 million from the Department for Transport (DfT), with a further £10.5 million coming from industry.

The upgrades will include new showers and restaurants, as well as better lighting and secure fencing around rest areas so drivers can feel safer and sleep with greater peace of mind. The measures will also create around 430 new parking spaces for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) to free up local roads.

The improvements will also include new chargepoints to power electric HGVs and solar panels on lorry driver facilities to make them as sustainable as possible.

Photo Jodie Nesling

Guy Opperman said: “Our lorry drivers are the backbone of a successful economy, ensuring food, goods and crucial medical supplies can get where they need to be, all over the country.

“That’s why it’s only right we leave no stone unturned when it comes to supporting our lorry drivers as part of our plan to grow the economy, and today’s £16.5 million in joint government and industry funding will provide them with the safe, spacious and modern facilities they deserve.

“From the Ashford International Truck Stop in Kent to Bardon Truck Park in Leicestershire and Immingham Lorry Park in Lincolnshire, the funding will be spread across England to ensure all lorry drivers across England can benefit from better roadside facilities and better working conditions.”

The investment comes from the government’s HGV parking and driver welfare grant scheme which follows a national survey on lorry parking in 2022.

Declan Pang, Director of Policy and Public Affairs at the Road Haulage Association (RHA), said: “We are delighted to see the government’s match funded grant scheme being awarded to projects which will make a tangible difference to the experiences of lorry drivers and provide much needed additional parking capacity to address the well-known shortage of spaces.

“We are pleased to see facilities operators contribute funding and commit to improving security and conditions at the sites they operate. We look forward to seeing the positive impact the funding will have across the range of projects”

13 Comments

  1. How much is an overnight stop now, and how much will it be when updated. The cost means a lot as ,to expensive and drivers will park on the roads overnight

    • “The cost means a lot as ,to expensive and drivers will park on the roads overnight”

      Yet, you rarely see HGV’s parked anywhere besides a couple every now and again down the Thanet Way from Minster to Monkton.

  2. I have always assumed that these kind of facilities were needed all around the area ,and further afield. But, in addition, doesn’t this initiative, and the cost, imply that there is a new factor in cross-Channel trade that somehow delays lorries, causes them to build-up near the port, leading to greater disruption to residents and greater expense for the country. I wonder what this new factor might be…..

    • There’s an increase (at least locally) because we’re increasing unable to grow and farm our own produce.

      • Yeah, its almost as if Brexit has made cross border trade prohibitively expensive and made farming commercially unviable. (as seen by farmers selling up to property developers).

    • Absolutely not!
      In the 20 years prior to Brexit that I was driving lorries,I never needed to park or indeed ever switch the lorry off. I just kept driving.
      I never needed to eat.
      I never needed the toilet (because I never ate).
      However I did stink (because I never showered).
      It was such a relief after Brexit.

    • HUG drivers are controlled by tacographs and need regular rest breaks. Nothing to do with brexit

  3. For the education of Ms Pink, the UK grows around 61/62% of its food You would probably have to go back to the 18th century to find something like self sufficiency, and that would have meant a meagre diet for all but the very rich.Fancy eating pottage everyday Ms Pink? I thought not.
    Between the wars self sufficiency fell to under 40%.
    Perhaps if farmers did not sell their land to developers you might have a point.
    We do not need funding competitions to fund truck stops, and I think it is high time that corporate Britain stopped expecting the tax payer or the bill payer to sort out inadequate infrastructure caused by the single minded pursuit of shareholder value.
    I also think that instead of trucking stuff up and down the motorway system, we instead sent it by sea or rail or inland waterway to distribution centres where road vehicles can deliver consignments to the customer.Dingy little truck stops like this that are not used by drivers, who litter the countryside in their wake, is not sustainable.

  4. “I also think that instead of trucking stuff up and down the motorway system, we instead sent it by sea or rail or inland waterway to distribution centres where road vehicles can deliver consignments to the customer”

    This is exactly how haulage already works in this country, George.

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