Wednesday, June 01, 2022

Travel chaos: Send in the army to get Britain moving


  • Army logistic personnel should run travel command centre to keep airports, roads and ports moving

  • More flight cancellations on the way and motorways tipped for deadlock

The Liberal Democrats have called for the army to be brought in to help solve unprecedented levels of travel disruption as queues at airports up and down the country reach critical mass going into the Platinum Jubilee weekend.

With families facing their bank holiday getaway being cancelled or heavily delayed, the party has urged the Government to call on the Armed Forces “best and brightest” to run point on logistics. This would include the running of a command centre to sort out airports, keep roads moving and get ports unblocked.

It comes after the party’s transport spokesperson called for an emergency COBRA meeting to be convened in order to formulate a plan to break the deadlock. 

Liberal Democrat Transport Spokesperson Sarah Olney MP said:

“The chaotic scenes at airports up and down the country have been nothing short of a complete disaster. Families’ half-term getaways have been thrown into disarray and now they face the prospect of a long-weekend spent sleeping in airports and sitting in traffic jams. 

“We need drastic action now to tackle this travel carnage and break the logjam. That’s why drafting Britain's best and brightest logistics minds from the army to get things moving again is a no brainer.

“Conservative Ministers need to get a grip on this chaos at the eleventh hour to save the Jubilee weekend. Empowering the army to run point from a command centre would do just that.”

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