The funding comes from the Government’s HGV parking and driver welfare grant scheme and forms part of a £100 million joint investment between government and industry to support the logistics sector.
The improvements will boost welfare facilities like showers, rest areas and restaurants, and increase heavy goods vehicle (HGV) parking capacity while improving security for drivers.
Roads Minister Richard Holden said: “Day and night, our lorry drivers and hauliers work tirelessly to deliver essential food, goods and medical supplies up and down the country.
“As we continue supporting the haulage sector in playing its crucial role in helping to grow the economy, these first winners will help ensure lorry drivers have great facilities where they can safely park, sleep and rest.
The scheme draws on The National Survey on Lorry Parking, which provides important evidence as to what improvements are needed and where to boost the nation’s roadside infrastructure.
With hauliers required to take mandatory breaks and rest periods, building better roadside facilities should help improve the quality of HGV drivers’ rest and recovery periods.
Policy Director at Logistics UK, Kate Jennings, said: “Today’s announcement will be welcome news for the professional drivers using the UK’s road network, who are often forced to take legally mandated rest breaks in their cabs, without access to hygiene facilities due to a chronic lack of welfare provision on key routes.
“This announcement is a positive step forward and our members operating in England will welcome the planned improvements to accessible facilities for them to access during the course of their working days."
The government’s 33 actions to support Britain’s haulage sector include investing £34 million to create up to 11,000 HGV driver training places through skills bootcamps and increasing the number of HGV driver tests by 90% compared to pre-COVID-19 pandemic levels.
Road Haulage Association Managing Director Richard Smith said: “We are pleased that the first tranche of grants has been announced and that lorry drivers will soon benefit from the improvements this scheme is helping to fund.
“We would encourage other operators to apply for funding to help them upgrade, too. Better facilities and more safe and secure parking for truckers are a key priority for our industry.
Mike Heaton, Head of Estate Development Roadside Services from Certas Energy UK, said:
“Enhancing driver welfare and ensuring that hauliers have somewhere safe, clean and secure to park their vehicles is a leading priority of our business – and the DfT funding is a vital step in giving drivers the facilities they deserve.”
The full list of HGV parking and driver welfare grant scheme round 1 winners is available here
A second window for roadside facility operators to bid for further funding to continue boosting lorry roadside facilities across England is now open. More information is available here
This second window of opportunity will close on 20 November 2023.