From the Frontline: CM contributor Bob Beech is on the road this week

Commercial Motor
March 30, 2020

“The only places where you can buy food these days are garages, and the Waitrose/Marks & Spencer shops in MSAs,” said CM contributor Bob Beech, who is driving for Broughton Transport Solutions this week.

“Some of the truck stops are offering takeaway food, but it is very patchy. Showers are getting a bit scarce and I would only risk it with the ones that are kept as clean as possible.”

Beech said he had the “misfortune” of using the Eurotunnel last week, and describes the conditions on the shuttle bus that takes drivers to their carriage as “a joke”. He explained: “The bus driver sits behind Perspex, but the drivers are all corralled together. I wonder if the senior management at Eurotunnel would be prepared to travel like this.”

According to Beech, the roads are significantly quieter than usual, although in his opinion, still a lot busier than they should be. “I see cars full of people, who I doubt are from the same household,” he said. “It’s strange how people don’t think they can catch it from friends and work colleagues.”

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