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New freight group meets to discuss impact of heavy goods vehicles on Lichfield and Burntwood roads

A group which is looking to mitigate the impact of heavy goods vehicles on roads around Lichfield and Burntwood has met for the first time.

A forum which will continually assess the impact of heavy commercial vehicles (HCVs) on Staffordshire roads and agree realistic mitigation measures has been launched with a successful first meeting.

The Staffordshire Freight and Community Forum is made up of Highways England, councils, police and fire representatives, the Road Haulage Association and the Freight Transport Association.

Among the discussions during the first meeting were the future siting of lorry parks and planning conditions for future developments including HS2.

Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport, Cllr Mark Deaville, said: “We have for some time been in discussion with communities across Staffordshire about the impact of heavy commercial vehicles on local roads.

“Parish councils from Draycott, Yoxall and Kings Bromley attended the first meeting to represent the views of local residents. Their input is essential as it hugely important that a balance is achieved between community issues and commercial logistical requirements.

“We have the right organisations around the table and all are striving to ensure our communities and businesses understand each other.”

Among the issues discussed at the first meeting was planned maintenance on roads such as the A38, and the impact on communities caused by subsequent diversion routes.

Cllr Deaville added: “We recognise there are particular issues where traffic comes off trunk roads and we all understand there are no easy solutions.

“This is a national issue and in Staffordshire we have one of the largest road networks out of any council area in the country. We can only aim to mitigate some of these issues by working together.”

The next meeting of the forum will take place in March.

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  1. Chris Evans

    1st February, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    Living on the A513 a solution can’t come soon enough. There are already plans to investigate/allow quarrying west of the A38. Add in 10 or 15 years of HS2 construction and all local roads will be overstretched.

  2. Roy Appleby

    1st February, 2017 at 11:21 pm

    The SCC have a lot to answer for. They are not concerned with anything other than the £ sign Visit our site and you will see our issues and it won’t get any better until the SCC have the political will do help the community. Thanks

  3. Steve

    2nd February, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    Good luck to you Roy. Lichfield and surrounding areas are being destroyed by HGV’s. I have almost been hit by a few of them, when they swing into the middle of the road to get under the rail bridge on Birmingham Rd.

    I am sure SCC will commission a report to show that lorries generate £500 billion of income for the local area and creates 20 million jobs a year.

  4. Darryl

    6th February, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    Good luck, we have different issues on Birmingham Road and the general response is one of general disinterest.