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Signs warning HGV drivers of restrictions installed in Kingshurst and Fordbridge

Sarah Mason 3rd Mar, 2022

SIGNS highlighting weight restrictions on a Kingshurst and Fordbridge road have been installed following residents’ concerns over safety.

Solihull Council added the information signage onto Cooks Lane to promote better compliance with the existing HGV restrictions and address safety concerns.

In 1999 the Council introduced a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) along the lane which restricted Heavy Goods Vehicles from using it.

However, Solihull Council said whilst the TRO greatly reduced the number of HGVs using this route, a minority of truck drivers have been seen contravening the environmental weight restrictions.

In December, Councillor David Cole for Kingshurst and Fordbridge, handed a petition to the Council on behalf of residents calling for more to be done to enforce the 7.5tonne weight restriction and improve road safety along Cooks Lane.

In response to the petition, Solihull Council has installed additional information signs at key locations to raise awareness of the restrictions, with the intention of reducing road safety risks and improving the local environment.

Coun Ken Hawkins, cabinet portfolio holder for the Environment and Infrastructure, said: “Whilst West Midlands Police are currently responsible for enforcing this type of TRO, Solihull Council will later this year apply to the Department of Transport for new moving traffic enforcement powers, which may be used at locations such as Cooks Lane to improve compliance still further.

“Such changes to the Council’s civil enforcement powers are expected to be the subject of consultation later this year.

“I look forward to seeing how we can continue to take advantage of all the enforcement and educational powers at our disposal to improve road safety across the borough.”

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