Road set for weight limit?
Central Beds Council has recommended that a weight limit should be put in place for Poynters Road on the Dunstable/Luton border, but only after a set of criteria is met.
The subject was discussed at a recent Sustainable Communities scrutiny meeting and it was decided that the decision be referred to last night’s traffic management committee.
The recommendation states that the ban on vehicles bearing more than 7.5 tonnes in weight will be implemented ‘no later than’ the opening of the Woodside Link Road.
Before the ban comes into force, air quality reports on both Luton Road and Poynters Road must be made following the completion of the guided busway.
The ban will also be subject to a reassessment of the impact of reduced traffic on Luton Road following the opening of the busway
It was also recommended that the ban be implemented in line with Central Beds Council’s Freight Strategy.
Poynters Road Action Group was set up to campaign for an HGV ban back in 2009.
They say that lorries should use Luton Road instead as it is an ‘A’ road and purpose-built for lorries – it has a noise-reducing, ‘non-undulating’ road surface.
In the meantime, it was proposed that Poynters Road will be resurfaced, and for ‘noiseless’ drain covers to be installed.
‘Advisory’ signage will be installed at the Skimpot roundabout pointing freight vehicles westbound along Luton Road.
The traffic signals at the junction of Luton Road and Boscombe Road will also be remodelled.
For updates on the ban, and to view the council’s Freight Strategy, visit www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk.
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