HGV cul-de-sac chaos riles residents
‘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.”