Posts Tagged ‘HGV’
The new HGV traffic lights in Sheinton Street A4169 were switched on in the second week in September. The first couple of days saw them working as intended and I was pleased to see an email from a local resident who said “…thank you … for the highly organised manner in which highways operatives installed the new HGV sensors on Sheinton Street. We look forward to the traffic lights making a difference outside our homes, but imagine there may be a period of ‘bedding in’ the system.” That statement was almost prophetic!
Some adjustment to the sensors and timing was, and remains, necessary. Local residents’ concerns which have been received by email, telephone and in the street, have been passed to Mouchel, Shropshire Council’s consultants. They are considering the concerns and an immediate action was removing the advisory signs that were on the traffic signal poles. These were planned to advise motorists of the signals’ purpose but they led to confusion and ambiguity.
Another local resident commented “…I would say there has been a marked improvement, though there have still been instances where large vehicles meet at the crunch point.” Site visits have been carried out in conjunction with the contractors, Dynniq UK Ltd.
At the time of writing the consultants and contractors are looking at how the signals can be “tweaked” to best effect. There are still limited issues with HGVs meeting in the narrow section of Sheinton Street and part of the problem is vehicles ignoring the red traffic lights. This is illegal and offenders risk the full force of the law if and when they are apprehended.
After extensive consultation in January 2016, the long-awaited HGV interactive traffic signal scheme for the A4169 New Road / Sheinton Street / The Crescent will start in 1st August.
The works will include the installation of permanent two-way traffic signals, with selective vehicle detection for HGVs and buses. Two informal crossing points, and signing and lining works, are also included. The crossing points will probably be marked in red, rather than the green in the illustration.
The work is expected to last for four weeks. Traffic management shall be used with temporary multi-way signals and lane closures. There will be no road closures. The works will be carried out by Dynniq and supervised by Mouchel on behalf of Shropshire Council.
The plan can be seen in PDF format here.
Many months ago I facilitated a meeting of Much Wenlock and Broseley Town Councils and Barrow Parish Council. Representatives came together to consider how they might best stop large goods vehicles using our narrow streets as a cut-through – especially the B4375 from Wenlock, through Benthall into Broseley. I’m pleased to learn that Shropshire is now going to carry out a feasibility study into how restrictions can be put in place to deter drivers, many reliant upon their SatNav devices, from taking the most direct route and instead using the approved one(s).
There are many instances recorded of lorries causing damage to vehicles and property and, in some cases, getting stuck – to everyone’s inconvenience. The study will be undertaken this financial year with the proposals to hopefully be implemented in 2017-18. As ever, I’ll keep you informed.
I’m pleased that Shropshire Council has now painted double white lines preventing dangerous overtaking in the hidden dip at Bourton Westwood on the B4378. I’m less pleased that it has taken such a long time for the agreed 40mph speed limit on the B4378 through Shipton to be implemented, I now understand that it is likely to be at the end of May.
Meanwhile in Much Wenlock, the consultation about the reactive HGV traffic lights scheme on the A4169 Sheinton Street received support from the overwhelming majority of people who commented. This is scheduled to be implemented in the summer during the school holiday.
Consultation is imminent about increasing parking restrictions in High Street, Barrow Street, Wilmore Street and Sheinton Street which are aimed at freeing up the centre of town so that vehicles don’t have to mount the footway. This is a danger to pedestrians, to property – at least three recent serious incidents spring to mind, and to the footway itself, which was never designed to bear the weight of cars and lorries. The proposals also provide a dedicated bay for loading and one for Blue Badge holders. Look out for further information in the library, at the Town Council and on Shropshire Council’s website. I will deliver a letter to properties and businesses directly affected in these streets when the consultation period starts.
Also out for consultation with the above parking restrictions, are proposals for double yellow lines at the junction of Queen Street and King Street. This is to prevent vehicles parking near the bus stop, which helps the drivers turn buses round without delay.
The number of large vehicles on our narrow streets, in contravention of weight limits, remains a concern. Wherever there is sufficient evidence to determine that they are not making local deliveries, Shropshire Council writes to the owners providing, where available, photographic evidence. I am quite prepared to continue this practise until we have width restrictions at the top of the High Street and at the end of Sheinton Street by the railway embankment to deter large vehicles.
It seems that the cause of this increasing menace is probably indiscriminate use of satnav systems. There was a debate* in the House of Commons in March about GPS and heavy goods vehicles and I have written to our MP, Philip Dunne, about Much Wenlock’s experience of this problem.
* Debate in Westminster Hall at 2:30 pm on 22nd March 2016.