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Highways Agency will not ban lorries overtaking on A12

  • 16 July 2014
  • By Ashleigh Wight

The Highways Agency (HA) has ruled out the introduction of an overtaking ban for HGVs on the A12, despite calls from Essex County Council to introduce the controversial measure.

Councillors last year voted in favour of introducing a pilot ban in two lanes on a stretch of the A12 between Marks Tey and Boreham Interchange, but this was not put into practice.

Last month, Essex County Council cabinet member for highways and transportation Rodney Bass again urged the HA to consider preventing trucks from overtaking between 6am and 8pm, following a series of accidents at Hatfield Peverel.

An HA spokeswoman said preventing trucks from overtaking requires all trucks to travel at the same speed, which can result in congestion in one lane and prevent other drivers from leaving or joining the road.

She said: “We have previously investigated a lorry overtaking trial for the A12, but due to the frequency of junctions believe this would not provide an effective method of reducing congestion. We do not believe this treatment would reduce congestion on this route and have no plans to introduce a lorry overtaking ban on the A12.”

The HA is investing £500,000 in resurfacing the A12 at Kelvedon and later this year plans to resurface the road at Colchester and Margeretting.

  • This story first appeared in Commercial Motor‘s 10 June issue. Why not subscribe?


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