Lorry ban a waste of time, says FTA Wed Apr 15 16:03:00 BST 2009

"FTA has warned throughout the consultation process that the LMZ would be a complete waste of time and money. Before the scheme, less than four HGVs used the A46 every hour – a relatively low volume for an ‘A’ road anyway. With exemptions, this will now be reduced to just over two trucks per hour. It hardly justifies the cost of new signage"

Ian Gallagher, FTA’s Policy Manager for the Southwest

A Lorry Management Zone (LMZ) in the Cotswolds will not bring any discernible benefit to local residents and will only result in greater inconvenience and higher costs for lorry operators, says leading trade body the Freight Transport Association (FTA).

The LMZ, launched today by Gloucestershire County Council (GCC), will ban vehicles above 7.5 tonnes from using a 164 square mile area between Cheltenham and Gloucester in the north and Cirencester and Stroud in the south.

Ian Gallagher, FTA’s Policy Manager for the Southwest, said:

“FTA has warned throughout the consultation process that the LMZ would be a complete waste of time and money. Before the scheme, less than four HGVs used the A46 every hour – a relatively low volume for an ‘A’ road anyway. With exemptions, this will now be reduced to just over two trucks per hour. It hardly justifies the cost of new signage.

“Lorries will have to burn more fuel to travel around the banned area and this will mean greater costs to industry and the environment.”

FTA had identified other options with GCC that would have relieved the impact of night-time lorry movements. However, practical alternatives that would have mitigated residents’ concerns over noise and air pollution were dismissed in favour of the LMZ.

Big questions remain about the practical application of the scheme.

Gallagher concluded:

“Quite how an under-resourced police constabulary can enforce HGV movements in this area is still unclear. We ask that the GCC review the scheme in six months and if, as we suspect, the negative impact outweighs the positive then serious consideration should be given to scrapping it for good.”

Notes for Editors

1. The LMZ will be bounded by the M5 to the west, the A429 to the east, the A40/A436/A417 to the north and across Minchinhampton Common, running largely parallel with the A419 to the south.
2. There will be exemptions for:
• HGVs gaining access for loading and unloading including horse boxes
• Agricultural services
• Retail and food deliveries
• Fuel deliveries
• Domestic deliveries
• Transport operators based in the area
• HGVs owned by businesses (including agriculture)
• Waste collection vehicles and utility services
• Buses and coaches
• Emergency recovery vehicles including Highways Agency Traffic Officer Vehicles
• Emergency services


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