Proposals to ban oversized and hazardous goods vehicles from the Dartford Tunnel have been condemned as impractical by haulage groups. A campaign launched by freight boss Andrew Baxter called for certain lorries to be forced to go around the M25 to end delays caused by convoys which have to escort them from Kent to Essex.
He said the measure would remove two and a half hours of congestion from the route each day but the plan was described as “ridiculous” by colleagues in the industry. Highways England, which operates the crossing, said it does not think sending the lorries the other way around the M25 would be “an acceptable or practical solution”.
Phil Bartholomew runs his own haulage company in Tunstall, near Sittingbourne, which moves wide-loads like bulldozers, cabins and heavy plant machinery. He said:
“For us to go from Kent to Thurrock, which would normally take 45 minutes, would take us two hours. It would be a lot of cost and I don’t think there’s a lot of customers that would want to pay that. I can’t see that it would ever work. We cannot go the wrong way around the M25. It’s just going to kill the industry.”
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