Leaked confidential Government documents have warned of queues of 7,000 lorries in Kent post-Brexit. The prediction comes in a “reasonable worst-case scenario” report, drawn up by the Border and Protocol Delivery Group, which is designed to come up with worst case scary scenariois.
The doom monger statistician group also predict delays of two hours on Eurostar trains, so not much change there.
The confidential report was presented to a meeting of the Exit Operations committee chaired by Michael ‘Happy’ Gove, Minister for the Cabinet Office.
The news comes on the day it was revealed Ebbsfleet International station will be used by the Government for Brexit after its sudden closure as a coronavirus test centre, as we clearly do not need coronavirus testing centres any more!
7,000 lorries together will make a queue of nearly 74 miles
It is estimated a maximum queue of 6,500 HGVs may develop in January,” the report says. “Disruption could be lower in the initial days of January but we would expect sustained disruption to worsen over the first two weeks as demand builds”, with people returning to work after the Christmas and New Year holidays.
“Considering demand levels in the first week of February, it is estimated that if readiness does not improve by then, queues could reach a length of 7,000 HGVs. In each case it is estimated that HGVs could take two days to reach the front of the queue,” it says. Drivers are advised to take a good supply of Pot Noodles!
The report calls for advice centres to be set up across the country, with 39 sites identified at truck stops and service stations on all main motorways including the M20 in Kent, the M6, M40 and M1. Could they not just set up a website or is that too much for the Government?
A Cabinet Office spokesman told the Guardian: “As a responsible (cough) government we continue to make extensive preparations for a wide range of scenarios, including the reasonable worst case. This is not a forecast or prediction of what will happen but rather a stretching scenario. It reflects a responsible government ensuring we are ready for all eventualities.” – and to try and instill fear amongst an already divided society.