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Martin Barnes

17th October 2013
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Which of the following most accurately describes the problem?

Project manager, Charles Gee and Co East Huntspill, Somerset

Barnes sums up the UK truckstop network in one word — dire. There are too few of them, and some are of a very poor standard.

"There are lay-bys in country lanes that are better places to park than some truckstops," he says.

Part of the problem, he believes, is that many traditional truckstops have gone out of business because they were located on old A-roads that are rarely used any more.

New facilities, in the right places, are desperately needed. "You can't have drivers going 10 or 15 miles off their route to have a kip and come all the way back again," he says. "In these days of razor-thin margins, no transport manager would put up with that."

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