HGV traf­fic a wide­spread men­ace

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION -

WITH ref­er­ence to the May 25 Uxbridge Gazette ar­ti­cle re­gard­ing HGV traf­fic along res­i­den­tial Sid­mouth Drive – this road is not the only street plagued by the prob­lem.

The res­i­dents of Shen­ley Av­enue and Ever­s­ley Cres­cent also ex­pe­ri­ence HGVs us­ing their roads as a short­cut be­tween West End Road and Vic­to­ria Road, in­stead of fol­low­ing the pre­scribed route via Pem­broke Road.

Shen­ley/Ever­s­ley’s par­tic­u­lar con­cern is the ab­sence of any re­stric­tive 7.5 tonne HGV signs in West End Road, which there­fore en­cour­ages such heavy traf­fic to en­ter Ever­s­ley Cres­cent, whereas there are en­try con­trols at other junc­tions with the main road, in­clud­ing at Sid­mouth Drive.

The ef­fec­tive­ness of such signs is un­known, but Shen­ley/Ever­s­ley is seek­ing par­ity with the junc­tions which do have such sig­nage in the hope that some respite may be achieved.

There are ap­pro­pri­ate signs in Vic­to­ria Road which re­strict en­try into Shen­ley Av­enue, but equiv­a­lent signs are re­quired at the other end of the short­cut in or­der to in­di­cate a re­stric­tion to traf­fic trav­el­ling in ei­ther di­rec­tion on West End Road.

Re­cent opin­ion can­vassed from res­i­dents sup­ported both the need for in­creased sig­nage and a for­mal pe­ti­tion if nec­es­sary, but the mat­ter is presently be­ing pur­sued on our be­half by ward coun­cil­lors, which it is hoped will lead to the re­quired so­lu­tion. BRIAN GRISDALE Ever­s­ley Cres­cent Ruis­lip

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