Lorry restrictions to be enforced on Thames Street in Lechlade after drivers use it as illegal shortcut

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Cllr Sue Coakley on Thames Street, Lechlade (Vehicle in picture is not over length limit and is not travelling illegally) Cllr Sue Coakley on Thames Street, Lechlade (Vehicle in picture is not over length limit and is not travelling illegally)

LORRY restrictions will be enforced on a Lechlade Road to combat HGVs which use it as an illegal short cut and help contribute to it having the worst air quality in the Cotswolds.

Residents in Thames Street have had to suffer for years from lorries using Lechlade as a rat run, despite signs warning them that there are length restrictions in place.

At a recent meeting of Cotswold District Council it was reported that the area has the worst air quality in the district, with lorries queuing at the traffic lights on Thames Street and leaving their engines running being a major factor.

Lechlade Town Council has been in talks with the Highways Agency and Gloucestershire Police about how to tackle it.

Town and district councillor Sue Coakley said previously lorries had said by the time they saw the signs it was too late as Thames Street is too narrow to turn around in.

Now signs have been put up in Highworth and Faringdon warning HGV drivers that Lechlade is now closed to them.

A spokesman for the police said: “These new signs provide us with more power to take action against drivers of vehicles that exceed the length restriction.”

Lorry drivers breaking the regulation will now face a fine of £50 or a court summons if caught by the police.

Cllr Coakley welcomed the move.

“Once enforcement action is taken, word will spread between drivers and lorries will hopefully stop coming through the town.

“If we get this right, it could have a positive effect on the air quality.”

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7:54am Sat 29 Mar 14

Tomdog says...

Hold on Councillor Sue Coakley it's only Thames Street that the ban applies to not the whole of Lechlade check the signage around Burford/Clanfield for HGV diversions to Witney/Faringdon to avoid the bridge over the Thames at Radcot on A4095 which sends HGV on a diversionary route through Lechlade. HGV now have Euro 4/5 category engines fitted which breathes out less pollutants so maybe the air quality equally and more so comes from other motor vehicles.
Hold on Councillor Sue Coakley it's only Thames Street that the ban applies to not the whole of Lechlade check the signage around Burford/Clanfield for HGV diversions to Witney/Faringdon to avoid the bridge over the Thames at Radcot on A4095 which sends HGV on a diversionary route through Lechlade. HGV now have Euro 4/5 category engines fitted which breathes out less pollutants so maybe the air quality equally and more so comes from other motor vehicles. Tomdog
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6:18pm Sat 29 Mar 14

B&Bman says...

The only way to improve this situation must be to have a weight limit on the bridge rather than the current length limit. An 18T limit will stop more HGV's from using Lechlade and make them use the proper lorry route, than the occasional check on the length of HGV's using the bridge. I imagine that the majority of lorries using the bridge will not exceed the length limit as it stands. Therefore if it is the lorries causing the air pollution issues then it is unlikely to improve with the current suggestions outlined in your report.
The only way to improve this situation must be to have a weight limit on the bridge rather than the current length limit. An 18T limit will stop more HGV's from using Lechlade and make them use the proper lorry route, than the occasional check on the length of HGV's using the bridge. I imagine that the majority of lorries using the bridge will not exceed the length limit as it stands. Therefore if it is the lorries causing the air pollution issues then it is unlikely to improve with the current suggestions outlined in your report. B&Bman
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