Ikea are set to open a 450,000 square foot depot directly next to Amazon’s vast 2.3 million square foot depot beside the Dartford crossing.
The crossing is a mess of queues once again today, as covered earlier, along with approach roads.
Even by the standards in the area, the last two weeks have seen extremely heavy congestion on a daily basis.
Can the area cope with Amazon and then Ikea?
The depot is set to serve shops in Greenwich and Croydon.
It’s not just a question of lorries and vans, but also staff driving to work.
Amazon have established a bus route, though there is still sizable car parking and the company themselves have encouraged 1,300 staff to drive and park near Dartford station.
There’s a lot of waffle from Ikea and the company letting the units, but curiously little said about the huge issue of congestion in the area.
A further distribution centre on the former Littlebrook power station site is yet to be let.
That is due to complete by Autumn 2022. Amazon are in the process of fully opening right now and Ikea will follow.
As for today, queues are extending back miles from the Dartford Crossing back to near Swanley.