Sheffield bans HGVs from some roads

Lorries will be banned from several routes in Sheffield after residents raised environmental concerns. The restrictions follow a review two years ago that found HGV bans had been introduced in the city in a “piecemeal fashion” and were forcing lorries on to unsuitable surrounding roads.

The city council said the latest restrictions would be rolled out along with alternative routes to help hauliers move freight across Sheffield. It said the weight and length restrictions on roads in Hagg Hill, Mayfield Valley and Mortimer Road were chosen because they are narrow with steep gradients and HGVs had got stuck under bridges in the past. Most problems are ascribed to use of non-HGV sat-navs, being lost and rat-running.

A council spokesman said: “In all these cases we have been careful to design the restrictions such that the alternative routes will use the network of approved routes agreed in the review, rather than on to other similar unsuitable routes. There will be clear signing to indicate the extent and type of restriction at all entry points to these areas.”

Sheffield City Council head of transport John Bann said: “Our work to identify key routes for lorries in Sheffield has been discussed and welcomed by the South Yorkshire Freight Partnership.”

  • This story originally appeared in CM 17 July. Make sure you pick up your copy of Commercial Motor at a newsagent or MSA for all the news and the best used truck and trailer deals. Or why not subscribe?