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- Transport Secretary announces location for Operation Stack lorry park
- It will be built at Stanford West, near Folkestone
- Updates from Kabul as BBC South East Today correspondent travels with Gurkhas
- Updates on Wednesday 6 July 2016
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Lt Colonel Jamie Murray from the 2nd Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles has been telling me about their role in Kabul.
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I'm in the Afghan capital of Kabul with soldiers from the 2nd Battalion the Royal Gurkha Rifles.
They've left their base in Folkestone and will be here for eight months.
The Gills have secured the return of centre-back Deji Oshilaja on a season-long loan from Cardiff City. They've also confirmed former Manchester United trainee Lee Martin has joined on a permanent deal.
Damien Collins says the new lorry park will bring huge benefits to Kent.
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The lorry park decision has received praise from Kent's new Police and Crime Commissioner.
Last summer the entertainer who called himself Disco Boy - dressed in nothing more than a pair of women's shorts, sunglasses and a hat - took his one man rave to the M20 to cheer up the truckers caught up in Operation Stack.
We're getting a lot of reaction to the Operation Stack announcement on the BBC South East Today Facebook page.
The Freight Transport Association (FTA) says it will end the misery on Kent's roads but environmental campaigners argue it will have an "appalling" impact.
The Freight Transport Association says the lorry park will ease pressure on Kent’s roads:
FTA has been pressing for a permanent solution to the problems caused by Operation Stack so we’re delighted that the new lorry area could be ready by next summer.
This will end the misery for thousands of residents and businesses whose lives have been repeatedly disrupted by Operation Stack on the M20, especially last summer when it was implemented 32 times.
However, the design of the lorry site is crucial to ensure that trucks can be quickly moved to the port and Eurotunnel as soon as capacity is available.”
Damian Collins, who is the MP for Folkestone and Hythe, has backed the Operation Stack lorry park announcement.
Chancellor George Osborne gave this reaction to the Operation Stack announcement.
We are taking bold action to deal with the severe inconvenience suffered by people living and working in Kent when cross-channel services are affected."
A long-term solution that will keep traffic moving has been talked about for decades, but now we are delivering it. I look forward to construction starting as soon as possible."
The Campaign to Protect Rural England has given its views on the announcement:
Two potential sites for the lorry park were revealed in December. They were Stanford West - which has now been named as the preferred option - and also Westenhanger.
Both sites are to the north of the M20 at junction 11.
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- Stretches of the M20 in southeast Kent are used to park freight bound for the Channel Tunnel or the Port of Dover
- Implemented when a cross-Channel service is severely disrupted by bad weather, fire, operational problems, industrial protests or migrant action at Calais
- Introduced as temporary measure in 1988
- Used 48 times between 1997 and January 2015
- Typically lasts five or six days
Kent County Council's cabinet member for environment and transport, Matthew Balfour, gave this reaction to the Operation Stack announcement.
“I’m pleased the government has agreed to a site and is moving quickly with constructing this permanent lorry holding area," he said.
“For years we have argued that a solution to the problem of Operation Stack - blighting not only Kent’s residents and businesses but much of the UK - needs to be considered, and this is a culmination of that work.
“Last year’s Stack had an estimated cost to the Kent and Medway economy of around £1.45 million a day and across the country it was estimated to be about £250 million a day.
“We fully intend to support property owners in Stanford during this process.
“Alongside appropriate environmental mitigation measures, we believe residents should be quickly and fully compensated for the loss of property value and inability to sell if they need or want to move.”
Operation Stack was used on a record 32 days last year as the area was hit with unprecedented disruption in the summer.
Following this, in last year’s Autumn Statement the government announced it would be providing up to £250 million for a permanent lorry area.
The site of the new Operation Stack lorry park has been announced by the Transport Secretary.
The park, which will give space for 3,600 lorries, is to be built at Stanford West.
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It comes as Children in Need has revealed its highest ever fundraising total of £55 million.
Thank you to everyone who got involved.
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