We make no apology for another item on the Wiltshire Council proposal to introduce a maximum weight limit of 7.5 tonnes to the B3086 from its junction with the A360 Salisbury Road/Maddington Street and the Rollestone Crossroads.
If granted, what type of vehicle might we expect to see driving through the High Street, London Road and the Packway?
Well, the picture above left shows a 7.5 tonne vehicle and for comparison the house it ran into in March last year! Thankfully without injury – but will you feel safe walking with a rail and the Till on one side and one of these on the other? How about your elderly neighbours?
It is important to understand that the 2 tonne signs are no longer legal, so some change is needed. It is our understanding that a 3 tonne limit could be applied for either structural, which would require engineering reports, or environmental/safety reasons and given that an alternative and safer route using the A360 is in place would make far more sense.
Personal view: The order for a 2 ton limit in 1968 (actually enacted in 1969) would have been under the Road Traffic Act 1967. In reading the 1967 act I can find no mention of weight restrictions for environmental reasons which suggests that the 2 ton restriction must have been for structural reasons….so what’s changed?
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, County Hall, Bythesea Road TROWBRIDGE
BA14 8JN by 8th May 2015 quoting reference LJB/TRO/SHRE.
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