Lockerbie Lorry Park appears set to close
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A lorry park located near the A74 between Carlisle and Glasgow appears set to close for good. The administrator of Lockerbie Lorry Park's Facebook page has admitted the owners of the facility have a received a bid for the land from a prospective owner who does not intend to keep the facility open. If no alternative bid comes in, it appears that the venue will disappear forever.
The truck stop also had to close down temporarily last weekend due to staff shortages.
In the comments section of the post regarding the temporary closure, the administrator of the truck stop’s Facebook page explained that the staff shortages had been caused by staff leaving ahead of the expected sale:
“The owners have been offered to sell it for land and if they accept it, then lockerbie lorry park will cease trading as the new owners don’t want the business. Due to us being put into consultation for redundancy some of the staff have left, which means we are now short staffed,” said Lockerbie Lorry Park’s Facebook admin.
The admin then went on to write that the truck stop had been given 30-days notice, adding: “fingers crossed that someone might want to keep it as a truck stop.”
It is said that the truck stop has until the October 6th to accept the deal “as far as the staff have been told”.
Unconfirmed rumours shared on social media speculate that the lorry park could be sold to the owners of the bark processing plant next door.
If the lorry park were indeed to close as feared, it is obviously bad news as far as truck drivers are concerned. It is well documented that the UK needs more truck stops, not less.
Lockerbie Lorry Park sports free parking for the first two hours in a parking area with on site security patrols, ANPR and CCTV cameras in operation. In addition, there is a cafeteria, laundrette, truck wash and refuelling point. It also has an on-site bar providing warm meals and live sports broadcasts.
A number of lorry drivers who follow the lorry park’s Facebook page have been saddened by the news of its potential closure.
One truck driver wrote: “A great truck stop, always go off the route to stop there rather than overpriced motorway services.” Another driver described the facility as a “cracking truckstop” while one trucker said he was “gutted” by the news.