Sheffield lorry ban set for change

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A BAN on HGVs in a Sheffield neighbourhood is set to be partially-lifted after a review of lorry routes around the city.

Sheffield Council’s highways officers have assessed which routes around Sheffield are suitable for trucks and their recommendations are expected to be approved at a meeting of the authority’s cabinet highways committee on Thursday.

Officers recommend that a ban on lorries along Bocking Lane be restricted to between 7pm and 7am, after complaints from residents of Abbey Lane, where HGVs were diverted past a school.

Coun Leigh Bramall, Sheffield Council’s cabinet member responsible for highways, said: “This has been a difficult issue that had to be tackled – it could no longer be ducked, so it was important to carry out a citywide review of HGV routes to avoid simply moving the problems from one area to another.

“In some instances there simply are no easy answers – no solutions that will suit everyone.”

The review concludes that Abbey Lane, Whirlowdale Road and Bocking Lane are the ‘only suitable routes in the south of Sheffield for HGVs to access areas bounded by the A621, A625 and A61’.

The lorry ban on Bocking Lane would be maintained between 7pm and 7am to address previous night-time noise complaints from residents, the council said. The situation will be kept under review.