As a resident of Borough Green and local councillor I am completely devastated by the information about plans of converting M26 into lorry park in case of no deal Brexit.
Last week I’ve met with Sir Michael Fallon and we spoke about our local issues.
We had a short conversation about the Junction 5 Slip Road and discussed both the problems and possible solutions. Then afterwards we exchanged couple of emails including M26 issue.
As he admitted he was shocked with this news as this problem will also hit his constituency.
The plan, which was not disclosed to local councillors or MP’s and kept secret by Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling until hours before work began on Wednesday, will see the M26 motorway closed overnight up to Christmas while the roadworks take place.
This is terrible news especially for people living in Borough Green and surrounding area. We are already suffering from lack of Junction 5 Slip Road and our village has incredible high volume of traffic throughout A25 corridor.
I think people do not realise yet that we might end up with the biggest lorry car park in Europe and possibly UK Border Agency next to our homes, gardens and schools.
I do understand frustration of my MP Tom Tugendhat. We are working together and campaign for junction 5 slip road as Tom was very keen to it. He wrote to Secretary of Transport in this matter and supported our community. Now it is clear to me that possible closing of M26 for Brexit lorry stacking is the real reason why they have dropped the J5 slip discussion with him and kept their plans in secret until last Wednesday. In my opinion this is low blow and only shows how poor service provides us our Secretary of Transport Chris Grayling who I am urging to reverse his premature decision as he will completely destroy people’s life in this area.
Imagine all the lorries coming from Hastings and Tunbridge Wells A21 plus from Westerham A25, both towards the Sevenoaks and Bessel Green.Lorries cannot exit off these roads onto the M26 eastbound towards Maidstone as there is no slip road! So how would they join the lorry park? All the traffic will end up in our villages on A25.
We are only small village which now must fight not only with local plans of mass housing called Borough Green Garden City but also face the fact that M26 might be transformed to UK’s biggest lorry park. The irony of the situation in which we find ourselves today should be evident for all to see.