ABP representative warns Brexit checks may cause lorry congestion at Humber Ports
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Dafydd Williams, Head of Policy, Communications & Economic Development for the Humber at Associated British Ports, has reportedly told councilors that checks on EU goods set to begin in 2024 could bring Kent-style delays and congestion to the Humber area.
Williams was quoted by both the BBC and Grimsby live as saying the checks could cause added congestion at Humber ports and the surrounding roads.
The BBC writes the ABP representative had said that the humber ports could face Dover-style delays if the 2024 EU goods checks are implemented as planned.
Grimsby Live states that Williams told councillors that the aforementioned checks could cause lorry traffic delays like those seen in Kent if space runs out for them in the Humber.
Of course, it remains to be seen whether the checks will ever be implemented. It is said that the council committee were told that the Government may decide to stick with the status quo come 2024.
As for how the situation looks now, Mr Williams told councillors:
“There’s been a significant increase in trade flow as a direct consequence of what’s been happening in Dover. The one exception is the car industry which has seen a downturn globally because of microchips. We don’t have a huge additional capacity for lorries. We have seen some lorry stacking at peak times around 6am and 3pm but that’s largely down to the way we manage containers. It will be interesting to see how things change in 2024.”