Monday, February 26, 2007

Super Size Problem for Thanet's Roads

Stop Ladyman allowing super trucks on our roads says Layra Sandys (pictured)

Laura Sandys says that “We need to take action to stop the Government allowing 60 and 84 tonne lorries on to Britain's roads. The current limit is 44 tonnes. There is an Early Day Motion that has been placed in Parliament to urge the Government to reject these Super Trucks.

“We all know that Thanet roads, and the villages of Wingham and Ash already suffer from the pollution, the noise and the road degradation caused by the existing 44 tonne lorries that come over from Europe. Dr Stephen Ladyman is considering allowing almost double that size of Super Truck to be used on our congested roads in East Kent.” States Laura.

The Department for Transport is currently reviewing whether to allow trials of super trucks, known as LHVs:

* They range from 83ft to 100ft long with weights of 60 to 84 tonnes.
* The 60-tonne 83ft super truck is the same weight of a Challenger tank and the length of a 25-metre Olympic swimming pool.
* The 84-tonne truck would be twice the weight and almost twice the length of existing heavy lorries.

“I am very concerned about questions over the safety, environmental and social costs these vehicles would impose on our communities. The impact of super trucks if they are involved in an accident will be proportionately greater because of their extra weight, with severe implications on braking distances, manoeuvrability, possible jack-knifing and overtaking complications.

“We are already suffering from massive congestion in Thanet and with 40 tonne trucks rushing through Wingham and Shattlington. We cannot allow our environment, our safety and our ability to travel to be further impeded by these massive trucks. “ says Laura.
The promoters claim these vehicles will be restricted to motorways, dual carriageways and major roads, but there is no mechanism available to keep them to this, and the type of road has not been fully clarified.

The reality is that these vehicles will need local access to distribution hubs which would not be on motorways/dual carriageways, but on roads which are totally unsuited to vehicles of this scale. When the limit was raised to 44 tonnes similar restrictions were not enforced.
Facts and Figures:

In 2005 in accidents involving HGVs - ROSPA 2006 6 people were killed, 65 seriously injured and overall 750 injured on urban roads 49 people were killed, 275 seriously injured and overall 2092 injured in rural areas 24 people were killed, 118 seriously injured and overall 595 people injured on motorways.


Anonymous said...

Have noticed 44 ton monsters using Manston Road and Woodchurch Road; both effectively country lanes and Woodchurch is only one vehicle width. Some of the beasts are going to collect metal from Reclamet and others are foreign drivers clearly following a SATNAV device! Road surfaces and verges are collapsing under 44 tons; we don't need bigger beasts.

Anonymous said...

Someone is going to meet their make soon on the road between Hoath and Herne Bay which is now collapsing at the verges under the weight of large trucks!

stuart said...

I wonder why Laura is so concerned about this? Her parking position also leaves a lot to be desired.

Anonymous said...

Dont ask Roger Gale to sign as he will tell you that they are a waste of time .

Anonymous said...

anon again!
Stick the Containers on a 'Goods' train. No more truck's jack knifing, crushed car owners etc.,
I've never understood the importance of a truck, but, I do understand the reliabilty of trains! Thomas Beeching is long dead & gone (no disrespect) so let's open up all the stations he closed, and get back to a bit of 'normal' safer life.

Confused said...

A well known eastcliff site is suggesting that Laura is off target here and that Buggins Brown's lot aren't pushing super lorries but some of David's boys want to play with bigger toys. Whose right on this issue?

DrMoores said...

Laura has sent me two rather long documents supporting her position on this but it's too big to publish here and I have asked her if she could precis the information.

• The first is a Department of Transport specification for research into longer and heavier goods vehicles issued at the end of last year

The second is a press release issued by the Transport Research Laboratory announcing that they had won the contract to do the research into longer and heavier goods vehicles and that they will report by summer 2007