Government has paid close to £6m in rent to Manston Airport owners as an unused Operation Stack alternative

Manston Airport

The government has paid the owners of Manston Airport in Kent more than £5.7m to retain it as an emergency lorry parking area if Operation Stack is used. The figure was finally released after an internal review was conducted of the DfT decision not to release the figure. Senior civil servant Anthony Ferguson said that “the strong case in favour of disclosure is not outweighed by the arguments against”. As a result, in a letter released to, Ferguson said […]