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Lorries: Publications

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 16 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Truckstop Guide provided by the Highways Agency; (157986)

(2) when her Department last assessed the (a) availability and (b) range of services provided at truckstops in England.

The Truckstop Guide was a trial publication produced by the Highways Agency during 2006. Research indicates that the guide has been effective in raising awareness of designated freight parking facilities and promoting driver safety and journey planning information to both UK and continental drivers. Options for its future development are currently being considered.

Since 1992, it has been Government policy that the responsibility for identifying and acquiring appropriate motorway and trunk road service area sites lies with the private sector. The most recent assessment of truckstop availability and services was conducted early in 2007 as part of an update to the information originally gathered to inform the Truckstop Guide.