North Lincolnshire Makes 7.5-Tonne Weight Limit Zone Permanent

North Lincolnshire Council has made a 7.5-tonne weight limit zone permanent in the Ferry ward area, restricting Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) from passing through six villages. The decision follows a successful trial that began in 2022 and received positive feedback from residents and Humberside Police.

author-image
Bijay Laxmi
New Update
North Lincolnshire Makes 7.5-Tonne Weight Limit Zone Permanent

North Lincolnshire Makes 7.5-Tonne Weight Limit Zone Permanent

North Lincolnshire Council has made a 7.5-tonne weight limit zone permanent after a successful trial that began in 2022. The Ferry ward area weight zone, which covers six villages including Ulceby and Kirmington, restricts Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) from passing through the area.

Why this matters: This decision sets a precedent for other local authorities to prioritize residents' quality of life over the interests of the haulage industry, potentially leading to a broader shift in transportation policy. By reducing HGV traffic in residential areas, communities can expect improved air quality, reduced noise pollution, and enhanced overall well-being.

The trial received positive feedback from residents and Humberside Police. Ferry ward councillor Richard Hannigan described the trial as "successful beyond our expectations" and stated that it has improved the quality of life for residents. Police will allow vehicles exceeding the weight limit to pass through in cases of diversion routes, road closures, or roadworks.

The Road Haulage Association (RHA), which represents companies operating HGVs, objected to the traffic order, citing increased costs and negative environmental impacts due to longer journey times. However, councillors emphasized the trial's success and the importance of prioritizing residents' quality of life.

The scheme was initiated following concerns raised by Ulceby Road Safety Group, Ulceby Parish Council, and Ferry ward councillors. Stuart Smith of the Ulceby Road Safety Group hailed the decision as "absolutely fantastic" and said it "should have been done years ago." Councillor Hannigan also mentioned that Goxhill is another village seeking solutions to HGV traffic, and they will continue to work on finding a solution.

The permanent 7.5-tonne weight limit zone in North Lincolnshire's Ferry ward area marks a significant step in addressing residents' concerns about HGV traffic. With the trial's success and positive feedback from the community, the council remains committed to finding solutions for other villages facing similar issues.

Key Takeaways

  • North Lincolnshire Council makes 7.5-tonne weight limit zone permanent in Ferry ward area.
  • The zone restricts HGVs from passing through 6 villages, improving air quality and reducing noise pollution.
  • Residents and Humberside Police provided positive feedback on the trial, citing improved quality of life.
  • The Road Haulage Association objected, citing increased costs and environmental impacts.
  • The decision sets a precedent for prioritizing residents' quality of life over haulage industry interests.