New motorway rest area in Germany parks 8 HGVs in 1 row
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A new motorway rest area opened this week in Germany has sufficient capacity for 100 HGVs. However, for that to happen, the lorries need to park closely one after the other in rows based on their estimated time of departure.
The newly built Rosi’s Autohof Dorfmark in Germany, which has around 20 car and around 100 truck parking spaces, is located in Lower Saxony in the south of the Lüneburg Heath. It can now be reached from both directions via the A7, exit 46 Dorfmark.
As you can see in the above picture, the layout of the lorry park is not similar to the ones usually seen next to motorways: there are long rows for the HGVs to park close to each other, one after the other.
How does it work? A telematically controlled parking system ensures that lorry drivers park their vehicles according to their planned departure time.
This method has already been tested in two German rest areas. It is said not only to save space, but also enable the fastest possible onward journey.
If a truck for whatever reason does not park in the designated parking space, the system takes this into account for subsequent parking processes.
“Autohof Dorfmark combines innovative parking space management with the best service for lorry drivers. We are therefore very pleased to be able to operate this modern truck stop together with our partners and to offer around 100 additional truck parking spaces. The expansion of truck parking spaces and the optimized use of parking spaces are still important,” emphasizes Peter Markus Löw, CEO of the Tank & Rast Group.
This privately owned rest area also has entry and exit barriers, a fence and video camera surveillance to ensure safety.
The new lorry park also features a restaurant offering “fabulous” Wiener schnitzel and currywurst, as well as soups or salads.
A community room has also been added to the facilities with around 50 seats, and when the weather allows, a large terrace can also be enjoyed.
Other services such as a shop, WiFi, a washing machine and dryer, as well as modern sanitary facilities (including baby changing facilities and two showers) are also available to drivers.
Photo credits @ Tank&Rast Gruppe