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Department for Transport says no to Bath LGV ban

  • 31 October 2012
  • By Chris Tindall

The Department for Transport (DfT) has upheld an appeal against an LGV ban in Bath city centre.

The local council wanted to stop heavy commercial vehicles from using part of the Primary Route Network on the A36, despite objections from neighbouring authorities, the Highways Agency and the Road Haulage Association (RHA).

The controversial move was aided by new powers handed to councils giving them control over road classifications. But Bath and North East Somerset council (BANES) must now explore other diversionary routes instead.

The RHA described the result as a “victory for common sense and evidence”. Policy director Jack Semple added: “Both of which the RHA has provided in detail.”

Richard Fry, director and general manager at Somerset haulage firm Framptons, said he had campaigned against the ban for two years: “I have sympathy and agree that the council need to look at solutions, but they need to be serious solutions.

He added. “I’m a little bit annoyed they are not turning bus lanes into freight lanes, as they have done in Exeter, with massive results.”

A Banes spokesman said: “We will be inviting representatives from the Highways Agency, Somerset County Council, Wiltshire Council, and the government to work constructively alongside us to address the concerns of our local residents about heavy goods vehicles travelling through Bath, particularly along A4 London Road and A36 Bathwick Street.”


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