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Excavators get to work in Kent's huge truck park


Today's work on a 27-acre truck park continued, which in the event of mass raids in Dover can hold up to 2,000 trucks by the end of the Brexit transition period.

The development next to Junction 10a in Ashford, Kent, is being built by the government in preparation for the conclusion of negotiations with the EU in December.

After completion, the extensive area will be used for customs controls by the HMRC. An area that can accommodate up to 2,000 trucks should there be delays in vehicles crossing the canal.

It is to be hoped, however, that vehicles will not have to be stored in the country and that it will be a "pure customs inspection post" by July.

29 truck parks are expected to be built across England to deal with the potential chaos in post-Brexit border trade.

Work continued today on a 27 acre truck park near Ashford, Kent that can accommodate up to 2,000 trucks by the end of the Brexit transition period

The development adjacent to Junction 10a in Ashford, Kent, is being built by the government in preparation for the end of the negotiations in December

The development adjacent to Junction 10a in Ashford, Kent, is being built by the government in preparation for the end of the negotiations in December

The locals have no say in the construction of the Leicestershire, Warwickshire, Solihull, Kent, Essex, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire sites.

The locations were planned because it is feared that truck drivers will have long delays when entering the EU.

Although it is not clear whether construction has started on other sites, an existing parking lot in Gravesend that was used as a coronavirus testing facility is to be converted into a customs checkpoint.

There are fears that the UK could leave the EU after the Brexit transition period without a free trade agreement, which could lead to significant delays in vehicles crossing the border, Kent Live reported.

It was previously claimed that the failure to close a Brexit deal by next month could mean up to 7,000 trucks would have to queue up before crossing the canal.

Photos today have captured the constant evolution of the site, with vehicles digging up the ground to make way for construction.

On the M20 nearby, there were queues of trucks waiting to enter the Eurotunnel to Coquelles, France, at Folkstone.

Construction on the site halted last month after workers uncovered an alleged Saxon wall, Kent Online reported.

However, it is to be hoped that vehicles will not have to be stored in the country and that it will be a "pure customs inspection post" by July. Pictured: The Today Page

It is to be hoped, however, that vehicles will not have to be stored in the country and that it will be a "pure customs inspection post" by July. Pictured: The Today Page

Photos today have captured the constant evolution of the site, with vehicles digging up the ground to make way for construction

Photos today have captured the constant evolution of the site, with vehicles digging up the ground to make way for construction

A view of the countryside around Sevington in Ashford, Kent as the government is developing the 27 acre site near town into a post-Brexit truck park

A view of the countryside around Sevington in Ashford, Kent as the government is developing the 27 acre site near the town into a post-Brexit truck park

On the M20 nearby, there were queues of trucks waiting to enter the Eurotunnel to Coquelles, France, at Folkstone

On the M20 nearby, there were queues of trucks waiting to enter the Eurotunnel to Coquelles, France, at Folkstone

The relic, which the Department of Transportation later confirmed to be non-Saxon, resulted in work being suspended in an area near the A2070 expressway.

Work elsewhere on the site continued and orange fences were still erected around the site today.

In July, it emerged that the Department of Transport wanted to buy the land in preparation for possible trade disruptions as a result of Brexit.

Transportation Secretary Rachel Maclean later confirmed the move, adding that the land had "two main uses".

Construction on the site halted last month after workers uncovered an alleged Saxon wall. Pictured: trucks on the M20 today

Construction on the site halted last month after workers uncovered an alleged Saxon wall. Pictured: trucks on the M20 today

In July, it emerged that the Department of Transport wanted to buy the land in preparation for possible trade disruptions as a result of Brexit

In July, it emerged that the Department of Transportation wanted to buy the land in preparation for possible trade disruptions as a result of Brexit

She said: “First, government departments plan to use it as a permanent location for facilities related to future border processes, particularly HMRC (as a departure / arrival point for goods carried under transit arrangements) and Defra (as a border inspection post) for goods that require hygienic and phytosanitary controls).

"Second, the site can also be used as an emergency truck stop for the particular, foreseeable risk of major disruption at the end of the transition period."

Ms. Maclean added that Downing Street has "no intention" of making the site a permanent truck stop in the event of a "cross-channel disruption".

It is believed that HMRC will use the land to control trucks by 2025.

A cabinet spokesman said: “In July 2020 the government committed to spending £ 470 million on new border infrastructure to help ports build additional capacity to meet the new control requirements, if there is space, and if necessary build additional inland locations across the country for controls to take place.

“The ports are underway and we are talking to the local authorities about potential locations inland. The final decisions on all inland locations will be made in due course. & # 39;

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