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New truck park ready to operate

30th January 2014
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A 200-SPACE LORRY park in Northamptonshire is finally available for interested parties to operate, five years after a report recommended the county desperately needed more space to avoid a parking crisis. The Rothwell truck park, next to junction 3 of the A14, has planning consent granted for

204 HGV parking spaces, a fuel forecourt and an amenity building of 10,226ft2.

Adam Wadlow, from commercial property adviser Barber Wadlow, said conditions attached to the planning process had slowed everything down.

But, he added: "Lorry parks aren't the most profitable things in the world, so getting an operator is not going to happen overnight.

"We have some interest, which we are looking at pursuing."

In 2009, Northamptonshire County Council commissioned a report that found at least three major truckstops were needed to accommodate HGVs. Soon afterwards, work began on the project in Rothwell.

Wadlow said that while many drivers were unwilling to spend money on staying in secure parks overnight and were choosing laybys instead, he also expected the upswing in the economy to create a healthy market for truck parking in the coming years.

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