Traffic weight restriction update
Published 31 March 2018
Update on A515 and associated schemes
· A515 minor roads experimental Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) – £100,000 has been allocated in the 2018/19 financial year to design and deliver an experimental TRO for weight restrictions/weight restricted turning bans on Wood End Lane, A513 Alrewas Road (between Kings Bromley and Alrewas) and the B5016 Yoxall Road (between Yoxall and Barton-under-Needwood). Amey, Staffordshire County Council’s strategic partner, has already begun preparing the design and seeking the necessary approvals to implement a scheme. The Council is looking to implement the experimental TRO before the end of the June 2018, dependant on any approvals required by from the Department for Transport.
· Yoxall Village Gateway Enhancement – £60,000 has been allocated in 2018/19 to design and deliver improvements in Yoxall, such as:
o 40mph buffer zones on the A515 approaches into Yoxall
o A possible extension of the 30mph speed limit on the southern end of Yoxall
o Gateway features on the entrance to Yoxall to slow traffic
o A possible Zebra crossing in Yoxall on the A515
· Draycott-in-the-clay speed limit review – £20,000 has been allocated towards recommendations arising from the speed limit review report completed by Amey in March 2018.
· B5017 between A515 and Burton upon Trent – there is approximately £200,000 from developer contributions in the local area that could potentially be utilised towards improving the B5017 corridor and discouraging it’s use by HGV through traffic. The Council is currently exploring its options on this.
Steve Brown & Allan Howard, the Parish Councillors who have been attending the Transport Forum and The Transport Forum Working Group meetings add: The County Council estimate that these measures will reduce the heavy goods traffic on the A513 through Kings Bromley by nearly 100% and that on the A515 by 70%. ‘Nearly’ because HCVs making deliveries/pickups in the restricted areas and farm vehicles are exempted and the A513/A515 will continue to be the diversion route when there are problems on the A38. These measures will only be effective if they are properly enforced, and we will press for the police to do this and will be doing monitoring ourselves and through the local Speedwatch group. The Parish Council remain committed to the ultimate aim of getting a weight limit on the A515. However, we recognise that because this is designated as on the Primary Route Network this could be difficult to achieve. Therefore we welcome these short term measures which the County Council are able to implement without lengthy National consultations and/or enquiries.