Accident fears prompt call for lorry school-time ban

PUBLISHED: 08:24 07 July 2015 | UPDATED: 08:24 07 July 2015

Traffic in Yatton.

Traffic in Yatton.

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More calls have been made to ban lorries travelling through Yatton High Street when it is at its busiest.

The Times has regularly reported concerns over the years of the large number of near misses on the narrow stretch of road which houses schools and shops.

Yatton’s Partners and Communities Together group met last week discussed how it could reduce the number of ‘intimidating’ lorries using the High Street – with some drivers using it as a cut through to get to the M5 at Clevedon.

Villagers also expressed concerns about drivers of heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) not obeying the 7.5-tonne limit travelling along High Street and North End Road.

Yatton’s Speedwatch group recorded 44 HGVs travelling along North End Road, opposite the Market Inn, from 3-4pm during a weekday – the time many young pupils leave the primary schools.

PACT chairman Rhiannon Prys-Owen said: “The drivers were using the road as a shortcut and weren’t delivering goods.

“They weren’t speeding, and I am not saying HGV drivers are bad drivers – far from it – they just have a job to do. But it is intimidating. One day there will be an accident. We have got parents absolutely frantic with their kids and some are saying they can’t walk to school.

“I have spoken to all the businesses in Yatton (about banning lorries for an hour) and had no response. I am not saying we do not want business. I know it is difficult, but I’m asking for dialogue about HGVs going through Yatton.”

Fellow PACT member Mike Petersen said the key to reducing HGV traffic in the village is about finding a ‘happy medium’ between businesses and the community, adding: “We are not picking on businesses, it is just about safe management while children are around.”

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