Ensuring the ongoing movement of freight traffic through the Port of Dover is a key priority, according to business group Logistics UK, as Operation Brock traffic management system is deployed ahead of predicted increased levels of holiday traffic this weekend. However, given the cost and disruption to vehicles caused by this temporary traffic management system each time it is implemented, the business group is calling for a longer-term solution.

Jonathan Walker, Head of Cities and Infrastructure Policy, Logistics UK comments: “While we are encouraged that consideration is being given to the flow of traffic during peak periods, Operation Brock is only a temporary fix and does not provide adequate rest and hygiene facilities for professional drivers or those travelling to the Continent. With significant changes to border controls due to be implemented from October which will also create the potential for delays around the port, it is vital a more permanent, efficient and cost-effective measure is introduced to ensure the smooth flow of goods.”

Logistics UK is one of the UK’s leading business groups, representing logistics businesses which are vital to keeping the UK trading, and more than seven million people directly employed in the making, selling and moving of goods.

With decarbonisation, Brexit, new technology and other disruptive forces driving change in the way goods move across borders and through the supply chain, logistics has never been more important to UK plc. Logistics UK supports, shapes and stands up for safe and efficient logistics, and is the only business group which represents the whole industry, with members from the road, rail, water and air industries, as well as the buyers of freight services such as retailers and manufacturers whose businesses depend on the efficient movement of goods. For more information about the organisation and its work, please visit logistics.org.uk