Lorry restrictions dropped as common sense prevails in Petworth Wed Apr 15 15:54:00 BST 2009

"Improving signage is the simplest and most cost-effective solution and we are happy that width barriers restricting lorries from the town will not be imposed as they would have made deliveries very tricky – as well as causing problems for buses, emergency vehicles and some larger cars. “The Council has listened to our alternative solution by installing better signage which will not only be a more practical solution to congestion than automated, weight sensitive barriers, but a cheaper and less obtrusive one as well"

Natalie Chapman, FTA’s Policy Manager for the South East

Vehicle width restrictions will not be imposed on Petworth’s historic streets in a victory for common sense, says leading trade body the Freight Transport Association (FTA).
The £119,000 scheme to improve HGV-specific road signage begun this week but – owing to industry concerns and concerted pressure from FTA – will not include potentially troublesome width restriction barriers.
Fears of a precedent being set and other towns and villages introducing width restriction barriers as a potential solution have also been abated.
Natalie Chapman, FTA’s Policy Manager for the South East, said:
“Improving signage is the simplest and most cost-effective solution and we are happy that width barriers restricting lorries from the town will not be imposed as they would have made deliveries very tricky – as well as causing problems for buses, emergency vehicles and some larger cars.
“The Council has listened to our alternative solution by installing better signage which will not only be a more practical solution to congestion than automated, weight sensitive barriers, but a cheaper and less obtrusive one as well.”
 

 

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