MP joins village traffic fight

PUBLISHED: 10:00 11 July 2011

BanwellSign  ;    Banwell   Recreation Ground  and Village Sign   14-04-10   DK

BanwellSign ; Banwell Recreation Ground and Village Sign 14-04-10 DK

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A COMMUNITY'S struggle to end daily congestion through its village has won support from the area's MP.

Weston MP John Penrose has urged Government ministers to drop the primary route network tag from roads going through Banwell.

The move would mean North Somerset Council could introduce an HGV ban on the A371 and A368 in the village.

This would answer calls from the parish council, which has long called for the lorries to be banned from driving through the village to ease congestion.

Last month, councillors told the Mercury of fresh fears the situation would grow worse, after the Government proposed new legislation which would allow longer vehicles on the country’s roads.

Mr Penrose has written to the Roads Minister, Mike Penning, asking that Banwell be taken off the primary route network.

He said: “I can only share the parish council’s concern about the prospect of longer lorries being allowed in Banwell’s roads.

“I’m sure the minister will understand local residents’ dismay at the impact on their quality of life if even larger lorries are allowed through the village.

“Removing the roads from the primary route network would be a further step toward solving the village’s problems and would recognise the modern reality that the road is hopelessly inadequate.”

Earlier this year, the Government launched a consultation on the plan to increase the maximum length of articulated lorries by 2.05m to 18.75m.

A decision on the plan is expected by the end of this year.

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