Residents celebrate lorry ban victory

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A BAN on lorries through a suburban area has been agreed by councillors after a protest by residents.

Although trucks make up only several hundred of the 22,000 vehicles using Bocking Lane each day between Meadowhead and Beauchief, people who live there say the route is unsuitable for large goods traffic which “thunders past, often above the speed limit”, according to resident Greta Pike.

Responding to a petition from Bocking lane residents, members of Sheffield Council’s South Community Assembly agreed to ban the lorries, which are travelling to and from the Peak District and use the route to reach the motorways. Greta said she and other residents feared a lorry could cause a “serious accident”.

She added: “There are no crossings, and we have been told traffic islands are there to slow down traffic, not for the safety of pedestrians. They don’t slow down the traffic and certainly are not safe to stand on.”

Residents of Abbey Lane called for a wider ban forcing lorries to stay on A roads into the city centre and use Sheffield Parkway to reach the M1 - a proposal councillors said they would consider at a later date.

Coun Simon Clement-Jones, Lib Dem councillor for Beauchief and Greenhill Ward, said: “Residents of Bocking Lane and Greenhill Avenue have been campaigning for over 10 years for this. I’m delighted their Lib Dem team have delivered after years of inaction by the Labour council.

“This is just the start of addressing HGV issues in the area and by no means the final solution. I am backing the residents of Abbey Lane 100 per cent in their bid for a wider truck ban.”