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Where’s the safe HGV parking on the A14?

  • 25 May 2014
  • By Chris Tindall

The Road Haulage Association (RHA) has complained to transport minister Robert Goodwill that, despite assurances, no consideration has been given to safe and secure HGV parking in the A14 upgrade plans.

In a letter to the minister, the RHA said the absence of any thought for lorry parking provision is “symptomatic of the Department for Transport’s [DfT] attitude to truck parking more broadly” and it has called for a meeting with him to discuss the concerns. The letter comes as police continue to investigate the stabbing of a truck driver in a Cambridgeshire lay-by on 1 April, as well as warnings from the Northamptonshire police force about more than a dozen incidences of fuel siphoning from HGVs parked along the A14 in the last month alone.

The letter stated: “It is not as if the issues of truck parking on the route are unknown to the DfT and the Highways Agency. We have repeatedly expressed concern at the inadequacy of existing facilities, which has led to serious crashes, at least one of which has been fatal. In the past few weeks, we have had a serious incident in which an HGV driver was stabbed.”

The RHA crime and infrastructure manager, Chrys Rampley, said the impetus to improve facilities for drivers was lost when former transport minister Mike Penning was replaced.

She said: “The A14 is a trunk road and because of all the lay-bys they encourage people to use them. We have the same issue with the A1(M); lots of lay-bys, which vehicles are using and so vehicles are targeted there.”

A Northamptonshire police spokeswoman said the recent fuel thefts occurred in lay-bys between Catthorpe and Thrapston and
one on the westbound carriageway at Rothwell after drivers parked up overnight.

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