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Lorry ban on bridge is refused
Plan to ban heavy goods lorries from crossing a bridge in Bath, which would have sent more traffic through West Wiltshire, were refused by the Government this week.
Wiltshire Council had appealed against the proposal by Bath and North East Somerset Council to restrict 18-tonne vehicles from using the A36 over Cleveland Bridge and, on Monday, the Department for Transport found in their favour.
BANES wants to improve air quality on the A4 but Wiltshire people said the ban would mean more traffic and pollution in Warminster and Westbury, Trowbridge, Hilperton and Staverton.
The DfT said that BANES had failed to secure agreement from the authorities affected and had made no attempt to find a suitable alternative route for traffic.
South West Wiltshire MP Andrew Murrison said: “The attempt by BANES to shunt its heavy traffic up the A350 was outrageous and was rightly and successfully challenged.
“I say a big ‘well done’ as many of my constituents will now be relieved of the fear of more heavy traffic rumbling past their door.”
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