Kent Green MEP responds to latest news on Port of Dover post-Brexit chaos

Responding to the latest news on the chaos surrounding plans to avoid post-Brexit tailbacks at the Port of Dover, Green MEP for Kent, Keith Taylor, a member of the European Parliament’s Transport Committee, said:

“The Port of Dover infrastructure failure throws up two extremely concerning issues; one, the Government’s post-Brexit contingency plan is to let chaos reign. Two, a reminder that the proposals to turn much of Kent into a lorry park blighted by a toxic smog have been long-delayed because they are environmentally destructive and not the answer to any problem.”

“It’s time for Theresa May to finally, publicly dump her hollow threat that ‘no deal is better than a bad deal’ and accept that Dover, Kent and the rest of Britain are best served by remaining in the Single Market and Customs Union.”

On the illiteracy of the proposals, Mr Taylor, who has previously submitted evidence to a consultation on the plans, added:

“Even before the spectre of Brexit loomed so large, a glance at the estimates for HGV volume increases from the Port of Dover in the next decade shows that these plans would only scratch the surface of the problem. It won’t go anywhere near to solving it.”

“Despite improvements in fuel efficiency in recent years, transport emissions remain high mainly due to increasing road freight traffic. The original £250m cited for this much-delayed project should be used to identify alternatives to road freight, including moving far more by rail, in line with EU targets to shift 30% of long-distance road freight to other modes by 2030 and 50% by 2050. Other ports (such as Rotterdam and Gothenburg) have invested significantly in developing rail infrastructure to promote a long-term shift away from road-based freight.”

“Additional measures include moving goods much closer to their destination by sea before unloading, would also reduce the systemic risk linked to having so much of the nation’s traffic moving through a single corner of the country.”