HGV ban may be changed

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CIVIC chiefs have launched a review of the weight restriction of vehicles on a busy stretch of road.

There is currently a 7.5 tonne weight limit on vehicles using Hart Lane, in Hartlepool, between Hart Quarry and Middleton Road.

The purpose of the restriction is to stop vehicles over 7.5 tonnes from using Hart Lane to access the town centre.

But transport chiefs at Hartlepool Borough Council are in the process of reviewing the current legislation due to heavy goods vehicles accessing the parade of shops at Throston and the Aldi store, off Dunston Road.

Council officers say that safety of pedestrians and motorists is the number one priority and are looking at making the restrictions more enforceable.

But they have reassured residents that they will be consulted if any changes do come of the review.

A council spokesman said: “We are in the process of reviewing the current 7.5 tonne weight restriction on the stretch of road from Hart Quarry to Middleton Road.

“This is in light of heavy goods vehicles accessing the shops at Throston and Aldi.

“People can be assured that any alternative proposals put forward will be fully consulted on and that safety will be the top priority.”

Conservative councillor Ray Wells was due to meet with transport officers to discuss concerns raised by residents that HGVs over 7.5 tones could use Elwick Road and Cairnston Road as a “rat run” to avoid Hart Lane.

Coun Wells said: “I am absolutely opposed to anything that would encourage heavy goods vehicles to take those short cuts.

“I think there should be similar restrictions on Elwick Road, Cairnston Road and in Elwick village.”