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Councillors vote in favour of A12 lorry overtaking ban

  • 10 July 2013
  • By Chris Tindall

Lorries could be prevented from overtaking on the A12 in Essex after councillors voted in favour of the controversial measure.

At a meeting earlier this week Essex County Council carried a motion that requested the Highways Agency introduce a pilot ban on two lanes of the road between Marks Tey and Boreham interchange.

County Councillor Rodney Bass, who submitted the motion, said: “I am well aware of the frustrations felt by motorists from sitting behind a lorry as it slowly overtakes another which in turn, causes queues and highway congestion.

“This is not a gimmick or an attack on LGV drivers. It is a simple pilot scheme that has already gained support from Essex business and Suffolk County Council. Let us also not forget that a restriction on LGV overtaking is nothing new; it is successfully practiced in other parts of the UK and across Europe.”

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) said a similar overtaking ban on the M42 had shown no deterioration in journey reliability for LGVs, but Malcolm Bingham, FTA head of road network management policy, urged the council to exercise caution:

“The A12 is owned and operated by the Highways Agency,” he said. “We are always fearful of local initiatives taking over issues on the strategic road network.

“We believe firmly it’s an issue for the Highways Agency, and the government, and whatever representations Essex makes, they should be made on the basis of evidence that there’s an issue and equally we urge the Highways Agency to look at their own evidence for the need for an overtaking bans on the road.”


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