Green light for Ashford International Truckstop expansion

Green light for Ashford International Truckstop expansion

Plans for for a new 600-vehicle HGV park at Ashford International Truckstop in Kent have been given the go-ahead by planners at Ashford Borough Council.
 
The new truckstop forms part of the proposals for the 140-acre Waterbrook site on which the current truckstop sits. The new development, which is expected to create up to 1,000 new jobs, includes new retail space, 400 homes and parkland. 
 
Darren Smith, General Manager of Ashford International Truckstop, said: “This larger lorry park, double the capacity of our current site, is badly needed to help tackle the issue of HGVs illegally parked on local highways – a problem that is likely to be exacerbated if post-Brexit delays are caused by customs checks instigated at the Channel ports, as is being widely predicted.
 
“The current truckstop is operating at capacity and we are turning away hundreds of lorries every evening as we just don’t have the space to accommodate them.
 
“We expect the new site to be open later next year, and the current truckstop will remain open while the new one is being built.”
 
Work on the new truckstop, which is situated close to junction 10 of the M20 in Kent, is expected to begin in September.