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UK government opens Covid-19 testing locations for hauliers

The UK government has opened up new Covid-19 testing locations across the country, in a bid to help “hauliers get tested” before they travel to Kent or any port heading to France. 

On 2 January, The Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, announced the creation of new testing locations across the country, with 10 sites officially launching yesterday (3 January). 

To help hauliers cross the channel as quickly as possible, the government is also offering to help any business set up a testing centre at its own premises to ensure trucks heading for France depart “Covid ready”.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “As a result of the heroic efforts of hundreds of military and civilian personnel who have worked hard over the past 10 days, we have made incredible progress in clearing the queues of drivers left stranded as a result of the French government’s actions.”

“If we are to keep traffic flowing in Kent, it is essential drivers are tested before they travel down to the area and that they have a Kent Access Permit before heading to the border, and these new testing centres both at service stations and inside businesses, will help reduce delays.”

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