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Restrictions to be introduced to reduce amount of HGV traffic using roads through villages around Lichfield

Communities living alongside key routes around Lichfield could see their concerns eased with traffic orders being put in place to reduce the amount of HGV traffic.

Residents in areas such as Yoxall and Kings Bromley have campaigned for measures to cut the number of large vehicles using local roads as an alternative to the A38.

Experimental traffic orders are now being introduced along the A515 after talks with the Staffordshire Freight and Communities Forum.

Phase one will see left and right turn bans for HGVa at three junctions on the A515 on roads which lead to the A38.

These are the B5016 in Yoxall, the A513 in Kings Bromley and the C0183 Wood End Lane north of Lichfield.

Signs will be installed to inform drivers of the new orders and businesses from across the area have also been updated.

Officials say they will regularly review the impact of orders, which will be in place for an initial 18 months once they are introduced in February.

Phase two will see local roads reclassified.

Staffordshire County Council says it is making the case for Wood End Lane to be improved through the HS2 construction programme, after which it can be reclassified as an A or B road. The A513 and B5016 can then be reclassified to lower status roads so that weight restrictions could be applied.

Cllr Helen Fisher
Cllr Helen Fisher

Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport, Cllr Helen Fisher said: “We are pleased that the experimental traffic orders will finally come into force in February.

“We have worked closely with parish councils and other organisations through the freight forum to find practical and achievable ways to address some of the concerns raised by HGV traffic on the A515.

“It was important to everyone that we were able put forward measures that could be delivered promptly and with a relative ease.

“Experimental traffic orders do just that and mean that we can monitor their effectiveness during the temporary period. We can then make decisions on longer term measures or possible alternatives. If successful we can then look to reclassify some local roads to make the measures even more effective.

“It is also important to note that this is a community-led scheme and has been implemented in response to community concerns.

“We are confident these measures can make a difference and that we have managed to get to this stage as a result of our work with the parish councils and communities.”

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10 Comments

  1. Steve

    24th January, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    Can’t wait for the FOI – How many HGV’s have received fines for breaking these orders? Answer 0.

    Today was a standard day. Myself and another car were almost taken out by a tipper lorry who swung from the left hand land to turn right.

    Shortbutts Lane has become a shortcut for the tipper lorries from the construction by Waitrose. They are ignorning the traffic calming and driving straight down the road at about 40 MPH. I have seen cars have to drive on the pavement to avoid these lorries.

  2. Anon

    25th January, 2019 at 12:33 am

    Please be accountable for the decision and explain what measures you are agreeing with the SCC to reinforce the weight limits if they prove effective .. otherwise the following is just self congratulatory nonsense that given the councillor thinks many years fillybustering the decision for the temp weight limit is delivering promptly is laughable.. “It was important to everyone that we were able put forward measures that could be delivered promptly and with a relative ease. Experimental traffic orders do just that and mean that we can monitor their effectiveness during the temporary period. We can then make decisions on longer term measures or possible alternatives. If successful we can then look to reclassify some local roads to make the measures even more effective.”

  3. Hgv driver

    23rd April, 2019 at 9:14 pm

    But I bet all these people who complain about hgvs have bread milk food cars furniture etc how do you think you get them oh yeah they are from a shop they don’t need all these hgvs to deliver them do they

  4. Darryl Godden

    24th April, 2019 at 7:50 am

    @Hgv driver

    I believe the A38 is still available for use.

    I’m quite intrigued as to how residents got action on this? What is the difference between the A515 and the A5127 (Birmingham Road) in Shenstone? We’re a small village and, through recent FOI and data purchases, we now know:

    15,000+ vehicles travel up and down this road every day
    63% of that traffic exceeds the statutory 30mph speed limit

    Yet our requests for permanent speed cameras, average speed cameras or a bypass has fallen on deaf ears. I guess the right person lives on the A515…

  5. Burntwood Bloke

    24th April, 2019 at 10:59 am

    Seems fair, but if you’re delivering to the Co-op or you have a lorry heading to a farm (cattle, milk etc) then you have to go up the A515 and you have to travel on it to get to the A38 too. I’m a cyclist and regularly go on the A515 but, let’s be honest here, it’s an A-road. The major route between the A515 and A38 is the A513. If you’re a trucker heading from Rugeley and need to get to Alrewas or Burton, you’d be bonkers to go up the A51 / A38 because it’s adding miles to your journey.

  6. Anon

    24th April, 2019 at 4:03 pm

    A ‘Noble Food’ lorry has literally just made a turn against the signs this afternoon. They don’t care!

  7. John Griffin

    26th April, 2019 at 2:20 pm

    Govt will enforce building 1500 houses in area, following mandatory review and council pretending to oppose . You ain’t seen HGV traffic mayhem yet!

  8. Philip Allso

    29th April, 2019 at 8:56 am

    Isn’t this always the case of unexpected consequencise? More traffic as vehicle ownership expands. Larger lorries as train transport is abandoned, and all on roads (even recent ones) not designed for the capacity. This case is not an isolated one it is happening everywhere. We even wonder why we are getting poisoned by the fumes but few council’s will face up to that. To an even greater extent the population growth creates its own set of problems where infrastructure cannot match needs. We are supposed to have strategic planning but clearly it is failing on many fronts. In the end Draconian measures have to be taken like in London (and now) Birmingham and probably places near you shortly. The problems are bigger than the solutions and those elected to solve them.

  9. Roy Appleby

    29th April, 2019 at 4:07 pm

    When the Southern Bypass is complete,there will be no reason for any HGVs to come into Lichfield other than to deliver to various stores. MR HGV we All know you have to deliver to shops that is not the issue, if you care to look at the issue in Yoxall May be you might say something a bit more sensible. Lichfield will be surrounded by bypasses but to ask an HGV driver to use them if not delivering “no chance”

    http://www.l-a-g.co.uk

  10. Mark

    5th May, 2019 at 6:30 am

    “making the case for Wood End Lane to be improved through the HS2 construction programme” – The absurdly expensive folly that has yet to be given the complete go-ahead? Sounds more like SCC are grabbing land and preparing the road for yet another swathe of green belt to be housed over.

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