232018Jan

Truck stop of the year

I was delighted to present the award for ‘Truck Stop of the Year’ to the Chippenham Pit Stop last week. We should never underestimate the value which long distance lorry drivers add to the UK economy, transporting the majority of UK freight and ensuring that shops and businesses we rely on have the products we want to buy. It was a privilege to present the award in recognition for all of the hard and important work that they do, it is great to see a local business providing a place of comfort where they can take a well-earned rest. Importantly, the staff, led by Health Campaigns Coordinator Lisa Hatherell, have monthly campaigns which draws much-needed attention to the health issues that commonly affect lorry drivers. The facilities they offer are fantastic and I hope that there will be others like it, not only in my constituency, but right across the UK. The visit brought to my attention some of the challenges facing the driving community with loneliness being the most significant and the Pit Stop is leading the fight to tackle this and ensure that drivers have true home away from home. My congratulations go out to all the team and I would certainly urge everyone to visit the fantastic café and on site shop and see it for themselves.