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15 November 2017

Stack decision disappoints small firms

Responding to the Government’s announcement of a further delay in finding a solution to Operation Stack, Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) National Chairman, Mike Cherry said:

“Operation Stack brings gridlock to vast swathes of Kent, leaving local businesses cut off from customers and supplies. It is deeply disappointing that the search for a solution appears to have gone right back to square one and that even an interim solution may not be in place for another 16 months. While proper planning procedures must be followed, action needs to be taken urgently to prevent the risk of further chaos.

“Today’s announcement by the Government that is no longer defending a judicial review over the planned lorry park near the M20 means that Highways England is now having to go back to the drawing board to find a solution to the traffic chaos which has blighted the life of so many residents and local businesses in the South East but also impacted on the national supply chain too. 

“Given Dover is Europe’s busiest international ferry port and handles £100 billion of trade annually, we urge the Government to implement an interim plan as soon as possible – ensuring disruption is kept to a minimum."