No excuse for HGVs once new road signs in place

Damage to the flats next to the Radcliffe Centre,Buckingham.'111005M-A063
Damage to the flats next to the Radcliffe Centre,Buckingham.'111005M-A063

THE sight of heavy lorries getting stuck in Buckingham’s narrow streets could become a thing of the past, once new road signage is in place.

HGVs are not supposed to drive through Buckingham unless they are actually making deliveries in the town centre.

But inadequate road signs and drivers being misled by sat-nav systems have led to regular problems from large vehicles in town. In May, a chunk of the historic Radcliffe Centre building, on the corner of Church Street and St Rumbold’s Street, was demolished by a lorry.

Now, following pressure from police and the Buckingham and Maids Moreton Neighbourhood Action Group (NAG), Transport for Bucks is set to install new signage at Buckingham’s ring road and as far afield as Brackley and Silverstone to warn HGVs not to come through town. The first phase of signs are due to be installed in January, and the second phase shortly afterwards.

PC Richard Davis said: “This is a good result. It’s as the NAG should be – lots of partner agencies working together. ”

A joint HGV operation in the town last Monday by police, the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) and road safety officers resulted in 13 HGVs being stopped, eight of which were breaching the town’s weight restriction.

In addition, one vehicle was overweight, there was one tachograph offence, one insurance offence and three vehicle offences.

But the booby prize went to a pair of HGVs in convoy attempting to drive down Well Street – one laden with another HGV and the other with a cement mixer.

“What better example of why we’re doing this could there be?” he said.

Mayor of Buckingham Mike Smith, who chairs the NAG, welcomed the new signage.

He said: “I just hope that drivers pay attention to the roads and not their sat-navs,” he said.