As restrictions on the M1 continue following a scrap yard fire in Mill Lane last week, the Freight Transport Association (FTA) argues that the disruption caused to businesses and motorists alike would have been avoided entirely if the risk presented from building a potentially flammable site within close proximity to an elevated section of a major motorway had been properly assessed at the planning stage.FTA

Malcolm Bingham, FTA’s Head of Road Network Management Policy, said: “This incident brings into sharp focus the need for planning decisions to be made with full consideration of the impact that could be made on essential infrastructure. Such decisions should not be made at a purely local level and in splendid isolation. Our concern is that the government’s localism agenda may mean we see the damaging consequences of further poor planning decisions in the future.”

Commercial vehicle operators going in and out of London over the weekend will have found alternative routes to make their deliveries, but they would have encountered inevitable delays which will have seen their transport costs increase, along with road congestion. Indeed, a lorry stuck in traffic can cost its operator over £50 per hour.