Sir Gavin Williamson is delighted to reveal an upgrade in local facilities for lorry drivers.
The Department for Transport has announced an impressive £8 million funding for the improvement of facilities catering to heavy goods vehicles (HGV). Sir Gavin was pleased to hear of plans to dedicate £169,500 to The Hollies Truckstop in Cannock and an additional £35,000 to the Standeford Farm Café in Wolverhampton. The increased funding aims to substantially upgrade welfare amenities, such as showers, rest areas and dining establishments, while also expanding HGV parking capacity. The improvements shall in turn support trading links up and down the country, and this should bolster the vitality of South Staffordshire communities.
Sir Gavin Williamson has expressed his enthusiasm for this development, emphasising its significance not only to the transport industry, but also to the broader Staffordshire constituency. He said ‘HGV drivers are key contributors to our economy. Their unwavering dedication during the pandemic was nothing short of remarkable, and I am pleased that they will be able to enjoy the benefits of our enhanced local facilities’.
With lorry drivers being required to take mandatory breaks and rest periods, upgrading roadside facilities will improve the quality of HGV drivers rest and recovery. This in turn makes our roads feel safer.