Public Policy Campaign to Enable a Solution to Operation Stack M20. 32 days of Operation Stack in 2015 Cost Business STG 8 Billion (Source: Port of Dover, Freight Transport Association)

Public Policy Campaign to Enable a Solution to Operation Stack M20

32 days of Operation Stack in 2015 Cost Business STG 8 Billion (Source: Port of Dover, Freight Transport Association)

The qualitative excellence of transport connectivity in the Channel Corridor has, however, been marred sporadically, for many years, by “Operation Stack” episodes — a matter about which this Company has long campaigned; and has been at the forefront regarding suggested mitigative measures

Particular emphasis has been put by the current Government in its housing policy proposals (Fixing Our Broken Housing Market, Cm 352, Feb. 2017) on the role foreseen for new garden towns and villages:

“The government is already supporting a new wave of garden towns and villages, and will work with these and any future garden communities to ensure that development and infrastructure investment are as closely aligned as possible” (Cm 9352, p. 28; emphasis added).

The Channel Corridor excels in established transport connectivity, via the HS1/Channel Tunnel route, and the M20.The Channel Corridor is now also the proposed site of a number of new garden towns/villages, as per “Channel Corridor” Map.

We note in this connection that the Ashford Garden Village would be especially attractive because of what economists call its “betweenness centrality” in this network/corridor.

Campaign achievements include:

  • 2015: Shortlisted by Highways England SE as a possible solution to Operation Stack M20.
  • 2013: Invited to provide evidence to HM Treasury regarding solutions to Operation Stack M20. In 2015 HM Treasury allocated STG 250 Million to Highways England SE to provide a solution to Operation Stack M20.
  • 2006: Kent County Council offered to purchase land to provide a solution to Operation Stack M2. Offer not completed due to the economic events of 2007.
  • 2006: Provided evidence to the Eddington Transport Study to support the provision by HM Treasury of pre-funding of infrastructure to enable development.

2003: Provided evidence in public to support the Church Commissioners in the successful zoning of 1,500 of their acres in Ashford for development.

The full list of our public policy campaigning interventions is provided at the Examinations &
consultations page of Monserat Properties Ltd web site.