Fresh fears on road ban

PUBLISHED: 07:55 08 June 2006 | UPDATED: 09:25 24 May 2010

A SURVEY has revealed troublesome lorries simply used narrow roads in other villages when the popular freight route through Banwell was closed. North Somerset Council officers discovered that when the village was made off limits to drivers earlier this ye

A SURVEY has revealed troublesome lorries simply used narrow roads in other villages when the popular freight route through Banwell was closed.North Somerset Council officers discovered that when the village was made off limits to drivers earlier this year, to allow major drainage work to take place, heavy goods vehicles chose to use roads such as Stock Lane in Langford to get to Weston or the M5.For years, Banwell residents have called for lorries to be banned from their narrow streets because of the traffic chaos they cause.But officers say the latest survey shows if a ban was put in place, the problem would be moved on to villages like Langford.The authority is now concentrating its efforts on getting a weight restriction put on the A368 between Churchill and Burrington, and hopes this could stop the problem at its source.North Somerset Council's executive member for strategic planning and transport, John Crockford-Hawley, said: "While monitoring the closure we discovered the problem was mostly displaced onto Stock Lane in Langford."This was not particularly encouraging for people living along that stretch of road. The next survey we will carry out will be along the A368 over the next few weeks."We will be working jointly with Somerset County Council on this to make sure the problem is not displaced to its area."We need to have conclusive evidence of the origin of the lorries and the most sensible place to put a restriction.

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