15.12.2021 | Logistics

Better Breaks, Safer Stops welcomes Ashford International Truckstop

Reaction to UK & Europe’s largest lorry park. 

With the logistics industry’s ‘Better Breaks, Safer Stops’ campaign gaining momentum, the man behind the initiative, Steve Jones of Goldstar Transport, Felixstowe, says: “There’s a lot of support across the sector for this campaign, and we’re delighted that the Ashford International Truckstop, which opened for business earlier this month, offers drivers the much-needed and modern facilities required for them to keep the UK’s logistics sector moving.”

The new truck stop, which is the largest in the UK and Europe, offers the latest facilities for drivers. Transformational services include 24/7 restaurant opening, wi-fi access, a laundry, male and female toilet and shower facilities, and electric hook-ups for refrigerated lorries.

Steve Jones continues: “This is a positive step in the right direction and demonstrates what can be achieved in support of our drivers.”

Matthew Deer, group managing director of The Swain Group, says: “The new amenities in Ashford, Kent, preparing for Brexit customs clearance, are an excellent example of facilities that are secure, modern, clean and built quickly to a high standard. In my view, we need more like this standard to attract and keep drivers.”

RHA east of England area manager Tom Cornwell adds: “The UK economy relies on logistics for the majority of the products and services that we use, and the drivers of vehicles are some of the workers on the frontline of this vital industry. Driver must have fit and proper facilities and overnight parking to enable them to do their job safely, efficiently and sustainably. At the RHA, we support initiatives that put this issue at the forefront of public conversation and raise awareness of the importance of the need to have a standardised approach to parking and facilities and improve the provisions that are currently available.”