Consultation on proposed – B3086. High Street, London Road and The Packway, Shrewton – Weight Restriction

WILTSHIRE COUNCIL

ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984

THE COUNTY OF WILTSHIRE (B3086, HIGH STREET, LONDON ROAD AND THE PACKWAY, SHREWTON) (WEIGHT RESTRICTION) ORDER 2015

NOTICE IS HERBY GIVEN THAT Wiltshire Council proposes to make the above Order under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 the effect of which will be to revoke The County of Wilts (High Street, Church Street, London Road and The Packway, Shrewton) (Weight Restriction) Order 1968 and to introduce a 7.5 tonne weight restriction on the following lengths of roads:

B3086 High Street – from its junction with A360 Salisbury Road/Maddington Street to its junction with B3086 London Road

B3086 London Road – from its junction with B3086 High Street to its junction with B3086 The Packway

B3086 The Packway – from its junction with B3086 London Road to its junction with Rollestone Crossroads

Deposit copies of the Order, plan and the Statement of the Councils Reasons for proposing to make the order may be inspected at the offices of Wiltshire Council, County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge during normal office hours.  Details of the proposed scheme may be seen at Durrington Library, 75 Bulford Road, Durrington between the hours of 10am to 5pm Monday and Friday, 10am to 7pm Wednesday and 10am to 1pm Saturday until 8th May 2015. Documents can also be viewed online at www.wiltshire.gov.uk/council/consultations.htm

Comments on the proposal together with the reasons for which they are made should be sent in writing or via the website to reach the Sustainable Transport Group by 8th May 2015 quoting reference LJB/TRO/SHRE.

Sustainable Transport Group, County Hall, Bythesea Road TROWBRIDGE BA14 8JN

9th April 2015

End of Notice


Please note that if you wish to comment on the proposal this must be to must be to the Sustainable Transport Group by 8th May, 2015.  Any views you submit below will be welcome but not be passed on to Wiltshire Council.

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10 thoughts on “Consultation on proposed – B3086. High Street, London Road and The Packway, Shrewton – Weight Restriction

  1. Has anyone from Wiltshire Council who is in favour of this weight change actually driven through Shrewton recently?

    Anyone with any sense would not recommend this if they experienced the issues we already have when trying to drive through Shrewton between 8.00 am – 9.00 am and 4.00 pm – 5.30 pm.

    These roads were just not made to take this amount of traffic or heavy vehicles – simple as!

    • We are sure nobody from Wiltshire Council had visited High Street.

      The exercise seems to be a simple one of 2 ton no longer enforceable, 7.5 tonnes is, in their judgment, the nearest current restriction. This is not correct according to the advice we have.

  2. The results of the Stonehenge Traffic Routing Report (Atkins survey) presented to the Amesbury Area Board on 20th November 2014 concludes with the following statements: “1. Evidence can be used to support local pressure to address ongoing congestion issues on A303 west of Countess Roundabout.
    2. Impacts on local journey times demonstrated. Could now consider safety, severance, amenity impacts.
    3. Consider whether action should be taken to reduce diverting traffic and extent to which actions would impact on other local traffic routes / other local communities.”
    Statement 2 refers to safety and amenity impacts – an increase in weight limit beyond 3 tonnes would increase the danger to villagers and impact on our ability to enjoy village amenities. Statement 3 refers to actions impacting on local traffic routes – an increase in weight limit beyond 3 tonnes (action) would impact negatively on the B3086 (route).

  3. Very impressed with John D’s detective work, and it’s significant to note that the downward amendment from 7.5t to 3.5t on the B&NES decision cited “due to their environmental constraints” so I have referenced this in my formal objection. All we can hope is that Wilts. Council Highways Dept. take a decent, broad spectrum view on both this, and the Overall Traffic Plan for Shrewton.

  4. The following excerpt from an email from Julie Wharton of Wiltshire Council seems to address the reason behind the need for a new TRO: –

    “As requested please find attached the minutes from the meeting of the Southern Highways Sub Committee 23 February 1968. There is no reference to any structural reasons for the weight limit and therefore as there is no current reason for a structural weight limit then the only options that exist to are to remove the restriction, or implement a 7.5T or 18T weight limit. (As per diagram number 622.1A of the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2002 (as amended)). The current signs were made illegal by the Traffic Signs and General Directions 1981 but were allowed to remain in place until 1 January 1990.”

    And here is my reply: –

    “Thank you for your research. It would appear that the original 2T weight limit was imposed “so as to reduce danger”. Any increase in the permitted weight would therefore only increase danger.

    As regard to the road signs themselves, I refer you to diagram number 626.2A of the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2002 (as amended). This sign has permitted variations available. Changing “BRIDGE” to “ROAD” and from “18t” to “3t” would satisfy the legal requirements for enforceable signage whilst only marginally increasing the maximum permitted weight.

    That said, the Road Traffic Act 1984 , Part V, Section 64 Item 1 states that: – “In this Act “traffic sign” means any object or device (whether fixed or portable) for conveying, to traffic on roads or any specified class of traffic, warnings, information, requirements, restrictions or prohibitions of any description”, so long as it is authorised by the Secretary of State.

    I would therefore ask that the Council give due consideration to the above two solutions”

    • Thank you for this. It is important that we achieve the 7.5 tonne order is not approved and a 3 tonne order is applied. As many people as possible should comment to Wiltshire. Alternative, safer routes are available for commercial vehicles.

  5. So to be clear, Wiltshire Council are proposing to raise the weight limit from the current level to 7.5 tonnes. That surely would mean more coaches, HGVs etc coming down London Road, High St. etc? Would that not make the traffic situation in the village worse?

    • Actually the existing weight limit is no longer enforcable so there is no weight restriction in place and therefore no increase. Wiltshire state that 7.5 tonnes is the minimum that can be applied. This we have been advised is not correct and that a 3 tonne order would be possible within existing regulations.

      See the other comments for more information and please contact Wiltshire with your reasons for objecting to 7.5 tonnes.

      • Theoretically there is no limit in place – however, the mere existence of a sign does prevent most lorries using the road.

        The only reason it is not in place is because the sign itself is illegal and therefore the weight restriction is not enforceable. The reason the sign is illegal is because it refers to an imperial ton not a metric tonne and Wiltshire Council in their infinite incompetence did not change the sign before the 1990 deadline (yes 1990!!!).

  6. Relevant road vehicle definitions appear to be:
     Cars – vehicle for transporting passengers weight up to 3.5 tonnes.
     Light goods vehicle – for transporting goods weight up to 3.5 tonnes.
     Heavy goods vehicle – over 3.5 tonnes.
     Heavy commercial vehicle – over 7.5 tonnes.
    Restrictions of 3.5 tonnes, which would exclude Heavy Goods Vehicles are very difficult to find but there is this example from Bath and NE Somerset from 2003 for a 3.5 tonne limit. http://democracy.bathnes.gov.uk/memberdecisions/details.asp?idref=391

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