HGV roadside facilities to be improved | Descartes Routing UK

39 HGV roadside operators receive funding to improve facilities

HGV Lorries parked up for the night with sunset

On September 11th 2023 the UK Government announce the first tranche of funding that will help 39 roadside facility operators to improve facilities for HGV Drivers. Each will receive a share of £19m to significantly upgrade truck stops. The aim is to boost welfare amenities such as rest rooms, showers and restaurants as well as to increase the number of parking spaces and improve security. 

The second phase of funding has also been opened and other operators are invited to bid for future funding, with the window for applications closing on 20th November 2023. 

“Day and night, our lorry drivers and hauliers work tirelessly to deliver essential food, goods and medical supplies up and down the country. 

As we continue supporting the haulage sector in playing its crucial role in helping to grow the economy, these first winners will help ensure lorry drivers have great facilities where they can safely park, sleep and rest.” Said Roads Minister Richard Holden. 

The scheme to improve HGV roadside facilities follows the National Survey on lorry parking that was conducted in 2022, that highlighted the need to improve facilities HGV drivers, cited as one of the reasons for people leaving the industry and also for not applying to be a HGV driver. 

Both the UK Government and the logistics industry are implementing a variety of measures that aim to help retain HGV Drivers, but logistics companies can already do much to improve the day to day lives of HGV Drivers and retain drivers. 

Read the Descartes blog, “The ultimate guide to overcoming HGV driver shortages.”