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Councillor calls for large lorry ban on Rubery's roads

Harry Leach 16th Jun, 2018

A RUBERY councillor is calling for large lorries to be banned from certain areas of Rubery after concerns raised by residents about traffic congestion and damage to the road.

Coun Peter Mcdonald believes most roads in Rubery were never designed to withstand huge amounts of weight or volume, adding the vehicles also use the roads far too frequently.

“This is a key reason why many roads are showing signs of structural failure.

“Reducing the limit from 7.5tonnes to 3.5 will help protect the character of Rubery and reduce congestion.

“It would also reduce risks to vulnerable road users, including pedestrians cyclist.

“Our roads were never designed to take heavy vehicles and are simply not wide enough.

“Large lorries are causing visibility problems and putting everyone else at risk.

“There is also the growing trend of heavy vehicles using local roads as a car-park instead of the designated parking areas already in place.

“In doing so, commercial vehicles are using part of the pavement which is then becoming damaged.”

Coun Mcdonald thinks there should be no dispute – huge vehicles on unsustainable roads have major detrimental impact on the local community.

A Worcestershire County Council spokesperson said: “We are liaising with Coun Mcdonald regarding his concerns on HGV parking along the residential streets In Rubery.

“The request is still at a very early stage and formal proposals are yet to be drawn up.

“We will update on this in due course.”

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