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Bill Cash MP supports constituents over A518 and A519 concerns

 Press release 07/06/2011

 
Following the organisation and efforts of local residents through the A518 & A519 Action Group and Bill Cash MP having raised the matter with the Leader of Staffordshire County Council at a meeting today, Mr. Cash is taking several concerns up with hauliers, Staffordshire County Council and Secretary of State for Transport, notably on the movement of HGVs and the control of speed and preventing accidents.
 
Mr. Cash said:
 
“Given local residents’ concerns over regulating the number of HGVs using the road and passing through their villages, I am pressing these matters with hauliers, Staffordshire County Council and Secretary of State for Transport.
 
“There are various incidents which are of concern along the A519 and along the Newport Road in Gnosall, notably overturned vehicles which are not being reported as accidents, tailgating problems, damage to properties by vehicles smashing into them, noise pollution, cars parking in inappropriate places and lorries which are reportedly driving on and off the pavements because the roads are too narrow for those vehicles of the size now using the A519 to pass each other which are all extremely dangerous for drivers, pedestrians and local residents.
 
“I have contacted the Road Haulage Association and local hauliers, as have residents in Woodseaves, to indicate if any changes can be made to Sat-Nav technology so that HGVs are not merely directed along those roads, which would be of some benefit to our objectives.
 
“I have written to the Secretary of State for Transport with regards to the Primary Route Network (PRN) which designates routes between major settlements and ports/airports across the country, and is the preferred routing for long-distance traffic, particularly HGVs and goods traffic, between those destinations. For example, it may be that by re-routing the Primary Route from Telford on to the A5, M6 and any other more suitable A-roads, a weight limit (7.5 tonnes) between Gnosall’s Navigation Inn and Royal Oak would deter HGVs from using the A518 between Newport and Stafford. And those protections for weight limits could be strongly demanded for the A519 through Woodseaves so they are not affected.
 
“I have also asked Staffordshire County Council for a specific meeting on the issue so that we can address the ongoing concerns with HGVs, speed and accidents along the A518 and A519. I am aware that each local authority position may change under new Coalition Government plans. Under the Coalition Government’s recent consultation plans, a new approach was developed in which the Department for Transport would maintain a list of 'primary destinations' in the UK, but local authorities would decide by which routes they are best connected, working together where necessary; and local authorities would have responsibility for road classification in their area.”





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