£100m pledged to improve HGV parking and services

London, UK: Lorry drivers will benefit from improved and safer rest areas and roadside services following a £100m investment from industry and government.

Truckstop and road service operators can now bid for a share of the £32.5m match-funding pot from the government. This is in addition to the £20m match-funding launched earlier this year from National Highways to improve roadside facilities and security for lorry drivers.

Roads minister Richard Holden said: “Hauliers and drivers are critical to keep our economy motoring. But for decades, our truckers have had a raw deal when it comes to decent roadside facilities. This is why I’m so proud that our government is going to provide match funding support to the industry to boost drivers’ welfare, safeguard road safety and make sure driving an HGV is a really attractive career option by providing the facilities and respect our lorry drivers deserve.”

Director of policy at Logistics UK, Kate Jennings, said: “Logistics UK’s members and their employees deserve access to hygiene and rest facilities enjoyed by workers in other parts of the economy, and it is good news that funding is becoming available to help improve the quality and safety of amenities already in place – a swift resolution will now be needed to ensure that the shortfall of lorry parking and necessary facilities can be constructed and opened to support our key workers in the course of their daily travels.”

A spokesperson from Snap, which runs a smart payment system for drivers and fleet operators, said: “Enhancing driver welfare and ensuring that hauliers have somewhere clean and secure to park their vehicles is a leading priority of our business – and the £52.5m government funding is a vital step in giving drivers the facilities they deserve.”