Lancaster considers HGV ban

Lancashire County Council has revealed proposals to ban heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) over seven and a half tonnes from parts of Lancaster district.

The plans, developed with involvement from Highways England, aim to reduce the number of unsuitable vehicles making unnecessary journeys through the city centre and over the city's bridges, improving journey times, improving air quality and reducing traffic noise.

The plans have been put forward to coincide with the final stages in the construction of the Bay Gateway, which will link junction 34 of the M6 with Morecambe and Heysham. The council has long-term plans to improve sustainable travel in the region.

John Fillis, county councillor and cabinet member for highways and transport, said: "The majority of roads in urban areas were not built with modern HGVs in mind. This often creates a variety of issues for local communities and other road users. We've looked carefully at the routes large vehicles are currently using and developed these proposals.

"The delivery of goods is essential to modern life. For this reason we're very clear that deliveries and access for HGVs must remain, to ensure that it doesn't adversely impact on the distribution process for businesses. This is a big opportunity to improve the network across the district, and we want to hear people's views on these weight-restriction proposals."