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Truck driver stabbing reignites lorry parking debate

  • 17 April 2014
  • By Chris Tindall

The stabbing of a lorry driver in a Cambridgeshire lay-by has reignited the debate about HGV parking, with the Road Haulage Association complaining that the government has ignored its concerns.

Detectives are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the attack on a driver in a lay-by near the village of Haddenham on 1 April.

Cambridgeshire police said the 45-year-old was slashed from behind at around 7.20am when he got out of his cab during a short break.

Nothing is believed to have been stolen from the lorry, which was carrying bread.

A van was seen pulling into the same lay-by between 7.15am and 7.30am and police said they were keen to talk to the three occupants.

The RHA condemned the attack and said it was pressing transport minister Robert Goodwill to address a “black hole” for safe parking in the county.

“When the 2011 government report was done on lorry parking there was a great big hole for Cambridgeshire,” said RHA crime infrastructure manager Chrys Rampley.

“In addition, they then closed a lot of laybys along the A14. Now there’s nothing between Alconbury up to the north of the county. The next place east is probably down towards Bury.”

Rampley added that the RHA was also concerned by the absence of truck parking facilities in the current consultation for the new A14 road.

“There is no provision for lorry parking whatsoever, other than one or two laybys, which is what we don’t really want. It’s a new bit of road – you might as well cater for lorry drivers,” she said.


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