A ban on HGVs using the A1133 Collingham at night has been made permanent – the first overnight 7.5 tonne weight restriction to be introduced in Nottinghamshire.
The six-month experimental weight restrictions have been in force since April 2017 on the 3km stretch of the A1133 north of the village of Collingham, to address residents’ concerns about noise pollution, road safety and environmental impact due to the sheer volume of HGVs using the route at night.
Councillor John Cottee, Communities and Place Committee Chairman, said: “Before this experimental weight restriction came into place, on an average night 99 articulated HGVs would use this single carriageway road.
“As well as fears about road safety and environmental impact, the most pressing concern raised by residents was the excessive noise from these HGVs which was starting to make their lives a misery, so action was needed.
“The Collingham community fully supported these measures as a deterrent against freight drivers taking short cuts through their village.”
A consultation in summer 2016 raised a number of objections, including concerns that HGV drivers might start cutting through nearby rural villages if the experimental ban was introduced along the A1133. Therefore the measures were put in place on the condition that HGV traffic flows in both Collingham and nearby Nottinghamshire villages were closely monitored for patterns of HGVs using alternative rural routes. Other objections were on the grounds of road safety.
Councillor Cottee added: “After taking all the evidence into account, as well as carefully considering objections, it was agreed by the Communities and Place Committee that these weight restrictions have been successful in helping a village blighted by night-time HGV noise and should therefore continue permanently.
“The weight restrictions will be subject to regular monitoring to ensure that the measures continue not to impact road safety nor have a knock-on, detrimental effect on other villages.”