Highways England has picked Balfour Beatty to build a 3,600-space lorry park in Kent near the M20 to relieve congestion when cross-Channel services are disrupted.

4,000 space lorry park planned to ease congestion when cross Channel services are disrupted
The contract involves development of the proposals during the early contractor involvement phase of the project and will also cover the construction of the lorry area subject to a decision to proceed from Government.

The contract is valued at up to £130m and will be a key part of the overall £250m lorry area, announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in Autumn 2015.

With the number of goods vehicles crossing from Kent forecast to double by the mid-2020s, the lorry area will provide a much needed, long term solution to Operation Stack, the emergency procedure whereby lorries are queued on parts of the M20 when unable to cross to the continent.

Balfour Beatty will use the latest Building Information Modelling to define the most efficient approach to design and the construction programme and optimise the design of the structures whilst reducing time on site and cost and enhancing safety.

Leo Quinn, Balfour Beatty Group Chief Executive, said: “Balfour Beatty’s expertise in major infrastructure projects and long standing relationship with Highways England will be crucial for the safe and successful delivery of this project.

“The M20 lorry area will provide much needed relief to Kent’s road networks while supporting local economic growth and development”.

At peak construction, the project could employ up to 150 workers and is anticipated to be partially open by the summer of 2017.