Lorry ban review over routes fear

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A REVIEW of which roads in Sheffield should be used by heavy goods vehicles has been ordered by councillors amid concern bans on certain routes will send trucks on to unsuitable roads elsewhere.

Sheffield Council’s cabinet highways committee made the decision after hearing about problems expected to result from a lorry ban this week on Bocking Lane, between Beauchief and Greenhill.

And there are also plans for similar restrictions on Abbey Lane, between Beauchief and Woodseats.

Lorries using the routes come from quarries in the Peak District and use them to reach Sheffield’s outer ring road while heading towards the motorway network. Angela Greenwood, who lives on Abbey Lane, presented a 130-signature petition to a meeting of the committee calling for action to ban lorries from the road - which has just been signposted as the diversionary route for trucks which had been using Bocking Lane.

She said: “We are going to have up to 400 lorries a day going past a school, which will be an accident waiting to happen.

The section of Abbey Lane in Woodseats, just before it meets Chesterfield Road, is narrow with traffic calming and is unsuitable.”

But Central ward Green Party Coun Rob Murphy also attended the meeting to urge councillors to take action and prevent a lorry ban on Abbey Lane - because that would force the quarry lorries through the city centre instead.

He said: “They would end up going down Abbeydale Road and Wolseley Road, resulting in more congestion and lorries going past a school down there, which should be opposed.”

Members of the cabinet highways committee said they were unable to prevent the lorry ban being implemented on Bocking Lane because the work to install signs and a legal order had already been approved.

But they pledged not to allow any further orders while the city’s entire road network is reviewed to designate suitable roads for lorries.

Head of transport and highways John Bann said lorries have to drive into Sheffield from Peak District quarries after weight restrictions were imposed on other roads including the B6054 through Holmesfield.

Coun Leigh Bramall, who chairs the committee, said: “We need a holistic approach to where on the road network lorries should go and before we make further restrictions in the future.”

The review of routes was supported by all members of the committee and will be carried out by highways officers.