RHA welcomes Truckstop improvement funding opening and A66 upgrades

Last week the UK Department for Transport confirmed that Truckstop operators in Britain will be able to bid for up to £315,000 each to improve facilities. The Department has also suggested said these new measures could create additional parking spaces for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs.)

Operators are encouraged to submit their applications for funding via HERE

Commenting on this, RHA Managing Director, Richard Smith said: “We recently welcomed the announcement of the Government’s grant scheme being awarded to projects which we hope will make a real difference to the experiences of drivers, and now we welcome the announcement that the third round of applications for truck parking improvements is now open. We look forward to seeing the positive impact this funding will have on the quality and quantity of safe and secure truck parking spaces nationwide. While the improving standards is important, it’s essential to address the shortage of decent facilities. That means we need to see more truck-stops being built soon, with stronger security and better facilities. This will help raise standards across the country.

“To see this in action, we continue to urge Government locally and nationally to work collaboratively to simplify the planning process to assist applicants with developing new sites quickly. We welcome this progress. There’s much more to do but this is a step in the right direction. Today is another key milestone as we continue to call for better driver facilities through our #RHAfacilities campaign, which includes leading the taskforce on roadside facilities.

A66 scheme – RHA remains optimistic that the vital piece of infrastructure will proceed

The road transport and commercial vehicle industry contributes billions to the UK economy each year.

It’s important therefore to have the right infrastructure in place to support economic growth locally and nationally. This is achieved by investing in a reliable road network, and more safe and secure parking spaces and driver facilities.

Commenting on the A66 Scheme, RHA Policy lead for Infrastructure, James Barwise said: “Households, businesses, and the public sector rely heavily on companies across our industry, and we want to keep business and the UK supply-chain moving and performing at the highest possible levels. We previously welcomed investment in the scheme as the A66 is the key strategic road link between the M6 and the A1 for businesses in Cumbria and North Yorkshire. We remain optimistic that this vital piece of infrastructure will proceed as planned. HGVs account for a quarter of all traffic on this stretch of the A66 and delays to journeys can have a negative effect on businesses, including lost working time and missed shipment slots. The investment in the A66 is an important vote of confidence in our road network and in the road haulage sector. We’ll continue to liaise with National Highways and the Planning Inspectorate in the weeks and months ahead to be kept fully up to date with the situation.”

Investment in the road network and collaboration with industry is key to alleviating congestion and ensuring that journeys can be made safely, efficiently and reliably – while keeping the economy moving.