Village's lorry headache

PUBLISHED: 11:00 21 June 2011




COMMUNITY leaders in Banwell say a Government proposal to allow longer lorries would be 'unthinkable' in their village.

The village already suffers daily episodes of congestion due to the narrowing of the A371 and its junction with the A368.

And the problem, parish councillors fear, could be heightened if the Department of Transport’s proposal goes ahead.

The body has just ended a consultation on the plan to increase the maximum length of articulated lorries by 2.05m to 18.75m.

Following a discussion over the proposal at the parish council’s monthly meeting, clerk Kevin Barrett said: “The parish council has serious concerns over this plan which would mean longer lorries coming through the village.

“We already have many problems with articulated lorries negotiating the village junction and causing huge congestion when they become stuck at this point.

“The prospect of even longer vehicles is unthinkable and a matter of the utmost concern to this council.”

The proposal has been subject of a two-month consultation and, although supported by some haulage companies, has also been criticised by some road safety groups.

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

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