1/ Another great piece of journalism by @faisalislam . Aside from the interesting award of £14 million to a company which doesn't even have a rubber dingy to its name lets talk about why this is a waste of £108,000,000 and why it won't work.....
2/ In theory increasing the number of boats and crossings increases capacity which should mean more lorries and more goods crossing to more ports to ease the congestion caused by border requirements as a 3rd country, at least thats the theory...
3/ ... and as a theory its a great one, the best...... so why won't it work? Well, you can have all the capacity in the world but you are running to a timetable, and customs/border delays are not fixed values so you cannot guarantee the lorries will be through to load in time..
4/ .. we see this already at Eurotunnel passport control in school holidays, a 3 hour queue to get through UK passport control and then you are directed straight onto a shuttle which will leave on time whether it has 5 cars or 500 on it. Why, because the timetable is king.
5/ and passport control is pretty simple, single step checks, unlike the paperwork for a lorry carrying multiple different items. Its this variable time element to clearance which is the biggest problem.
6/ So the taxpayer has just burned £108,000,000 to buy some space which may, or may not get used, and may, or may not make any difference to the issue because capacity on boats isnt the problem, lorries delayed at customs are the problem. Don't believe me? just ask @donnyc1975
7/ To make this work you would actually need more lorries to absorb the delays encountered by the existing hauliers whilst they are stuck at borders which would mean even more traffic and even more delays as we haven't added to the road capacity.
8/ So who wins from this deal, well some foreign ferry companies, foreign ports charging berthing for the increased crossings and a random company with no ferries, no crossing rights, and no track record. You have to wonder how that got awarded?
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