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Operation Stack Needs The Orwell Crossing

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To Suffolk County Council : As professional road users, the people most affected by Operation Stack at The Port Of Felixstowe, we feel that our views are important when it comes to choosing emergency HGV parking places - and should not be ignored. We therefore urge Suffolk County Council to take the following matters into account when choosing a long term HGV parking solution for the duration of future Operation Stacks. One : HGV drivers deserve to be treated with dignity and respect and to have a choice in where we park during Operation Stack. Two : We are skilled professionals and as such we deserve professional facilities when we are forced off the road for reasons beyond our control. Three : We do not want to be stuck in our cabs for long periods of time. Four : We do not want to suffer the indignity of having to use portable toilets, which may be some distance from our cabs, and in cold or inclement weather. Five : We do not want to be catered for from the uninviting, limited facilities of a mobile catering van. Six : We do want - and deserve - facilities that are warm and comfortable, with decent toilets, where we can relax with our colleagues, and enjoy good quality food at reasonable prices for the duration of Operation Stack. If we have such facilities we will be able to continue our journeys relaxed, refreshed - and in safety. Although it may not be a total solution, we therefore strongly recommend that the Orwell Crossing on the easbound carriageway of the A14 at Nacton is seriously considered as a preferred option for temporary HGV parking during future occurrences of Operation Stack.

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