The government has quietly confirmed a list of 10 lorry parks to deal with the fallout from Brexit.
The ‘inland sites’ will be built in Kent, Essex, Birmingham, Warrington and north Wales – with seven of them due to be ready by January.
They will have to process a litany of paperwork when EU rules in the UK end in 2021 – including customs and market surveillance checks, and checks on animal products.
The list, contained within a 271-page border plan published today, is the first time the government has formally confirmed its list of Brexit lorry parks after weeks of insisting the sites were not final.
Today’s document also confirms truckers leaving Britain across the English Channel will be legally required to get a ‘passport’ to drive into Kent.
Europe-bound HGV drivers spotted on key roads without a ‘Kent Access Permit’ will receive a £300 on-the-spot fine.
The network of hastily-erected concrete sites is designed to prevent chaos when EU rules come crashing to an end at the stroke of 11pm on New Year’s Eve.
It comes after the Road Haulage Association warned the flow of medicine and food could be disrupted if Britain left its transition period with the EU without a deal.
But the creation of lorry parks has sparked a furious backlash from residents and local MPs.
And one site in Ebbsfleet, Kent, has had to shut down a coronavirus testing centre in order to be established.
The parks will be erected under legal powers which Tory ministers gave themselves to build sites in 29 council areas – without asking local councils.
It is not yet clear if more lorry parks could be built beyond the 10 outlined today.
Meanwhile, the government today confirmed EU, EEA and Swiss national ID cards will no longer be accepted for truck drivers entering the UK from October 2021.
Drivers will have to use passports instead because the government says they are more secure.
RHA chief executive, Richard Burnett, said in a statement issued by the government: “It’s vital that hauliers and traders do everything they can now to prepare for our new trading relationship with the EU.
“Firms moving goods across borders will have to undertake customs processes whether there’s a deal or no deal.
“The message is clear – if the paperwork’s not right, the goods won’t cross.”
The 10 confirmed lorry parks
1. Intended site location – Ashford Waterbook**
2. Intended site location – Sevington Ashford* **
3. Intended site location – Ebbsfleet Int. Station**
4. Potential site location – Thames Gateway
5. Intended site location – North Weald Airfield**
6. Potential site location – Birmingham
7. Intended site location – Warrington**
8. Potential site location July 2021 – Holyhead
9. Potential site location July 2021 – South Wales
10. Potential site location July 2021 – Dover
*Will also be required for July 2021
** Subject to securing planning permission
List of areas where government gave itself powers to build lorry parks if needed
- Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council
- Cheshire East Council
- Cheshire West and Chester Council
- Devon County Council
- Dorset Council
- East Riding of Yorkshire Council
- East Sussex County Council
- Essex County Council
- Halton Borough Council
- Hampshire County Council
- Hull City Council
- Kent County Council
- Lancashire County Council
- Leicestershire County Council
- Liverpool City Council
- Medway Council
- North East Lincolnshire Council
- North Lincolnshire Council
- Plymouth City Council
- Portsmouth City Council
- Salford City Council
- Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
- Somerset County Council
- Southampton City Council
- Suffolk County Council
- Thurrock Council
- Trafford Council
- Warrington Borough Council
- Warwickshire County Council