HGV cul-de-sac chaos riles res­i­dents

Hinckley Times - - NEWS - KAREN HAMBRIDGE karen.hambridge@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

‘LOST’ lor­ries aim­ing for fac­to­ries in Des­ford are still cre­at­ing chaos on nar­row, weight-re­stricted Earl Shilton streets.

Three years af­ter The Hinck­ley Times re­ported on the prob­lem, and de­spite ef­forts to prop­erly di­rect HGVs, the is­sue is still driv­ing res­i­dents to dis­trac­tion.

The lor­ries are ac­tu­ally headed for the Cater­pil­lar and Neovia plants in Des­ford but may be get­ting mis­di­rected by false satel­lite specs.

High­ways au­thor­ity, Le­ices­ter­shire County Coun­cil, has li­aised ex­ten­sively with both com­pa­nies to in­stall new, bolder sig­nage, yet some driv­ers seem obliv­i­ous.

Bor­ough and county coun­cil­lor Jan­ice Richards said: “We are still hav­ing ma­jor prob­lems with HGVs ac­cess­ing Sta­tion Road in Earl Shilton. These very large lor­ries are turn­ing into a dead end, a road called The Square, which is a small cul-de-sac off Sta­tion Road and Oaks Road.

“Once these lor­ries get into The Square there is nowhere for them to turn around to get out and so they have to re­verse. A res­i­dent has in­formed me that with chil­dren walk­ing to school, it has be­come a dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tion.

“Many of these lor­ries go­ing to Cater­pil­lar and Neovia are from for­eign firms and, de­spite the signs clearly in­di­cat­ing a weight re­stric­tion on Sta­tion Road, they sim­ply ig­nore them.”

Both Cater­pil­lar and Neovia have been keen to pre­vent dis­rup­tion to lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties ,both in Earl Shilton and nearer to their units in Des­ford. Yet the prob­lem per­sists.

A spokesman for Cater­pil­lar said the work would con­tinue and added: “Pre­vi­ously we have been work­ing with the lo­cal com­mu­nity, county coun­cil and transport com­pa­nies to raise aware­ness among HGV driv­ers to take ap­pro­pri­ate routes to and from our Des­ford fa­cil­ity.

“This in­cluded data col­lec­tion of of­fend­ing ve­hi­cles with com­mu­ni­ca­tions to hauliers, as well as sup­port­ing the county coun­cil to make sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment sto lo­cal area HGV sig­nage to di­vert traffic.

“We be­lieve this to have been suc­cess­ful, such that we have had no fur­ther com­plaints and had re­ceived mes­sages of thanks both di­rectly from the com­mu­nity and through an ar­ti­cle in The Hinck­ley Times.

“We are dis­ap­pointed that it would seem the is­sue has started to oc­cur again and as pre­vi­ously, Cater­pil­lar will wel­come the op­por­tu­nity to work with the lo­cal com­mu­nity and au­thor­i­ties to re­solve the is­sue.

“We are sorry for any dis­rup­tion and in­con­ve­nience this has caused.”

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