Lorry-Ban Joy of Residents in Bishopsworth
A large part of Bishopsworth will benefit from a 7.5 tonne weight-restriction forbidding Heavy Goods Vehicle from Monday 9th July.
Five years ago, Bristol City Council agreed to ban large lorries from using busy King's Head Lane and adjacent roads by designating a weight-limit along the road and in nearby streets in Bedminster Down.
At the time, lorry-ban campaigners said that the 7.5 tonne weight-restriction was imposed on an area which was too small and roads to the south like Highridge Green could be used by HGVs as an 'rat run' to access the A38 Bridgwater Road.
Now, from this coming Monday, the existing lorry ban is being extended to cover most of Highridge and western Bishopsworth Village, as far as Highridge Road and Church Road.
Leading campaigner and Bishopsworth Tory Councillor Richard Eddy said he was over-joyed by the decision.
Cllr Eddy (Con, Bishopsworth) said: Local people are delighted that the successful current weight-restriction is to be extended from next week to include most of Bishopsworth.
We campaigned for over twenty years to achieve the existing 7.5 tonne lorry ban and were disappointed that the boundaries originally drawn were too narrow and did not incorporate all of the effected area.
My thanks go to the Dundry View Neighbourhood Partnership, which has prioritorised this scheme, and to Transport Officers, who have doggedly pursued the torturous path of extending the zone.
The successful extension of the lorry ban is a triumph for local people, but it will be due to their vigilance and support if it is to succeed.