A weight limit should be placed on a bridge by a Banbury housing estate to improve safety for residents, according to a Banbury town and Cherwell district councillor.
Nicholas Turner is calling for a 7.5 tonne weight limit, except for access, on the bridge at the Hanwell Fields estate.
He says with the construction of around 1,000 new houses and work on the former Alcan site, there would be an increase in the number of heavy goods vehicles (HGV) using Dukes Meadow Drive.
He said: “With the increased number of houses, and the redevelopment of the former Alcan site, there will be a natural growth in the number of HGVs using Dukes Meadow Drive as a rat run, causing increased safety issues for the residents crossing the road to access the sports fields or from the new houses to get to the local facilities such as the school.
“Dukes Meadow Drive has not been built to a standard to accommodate a high level of heavy traffic and in places it has already had to be re-laid.
“By putting a weight restriction on the bridge, it not only increases the safety for the residents of the estate, but also prolongs the life of the road and the bridge.”
He added HGVs were using the road as a rat run to avoid heavy traffic in the centre of town around Tesco and Ruscote Avenue.
Under his plan, HGVs which needed to enter the estate to deliver to the building site or to the shops or pub would not be affected by the weight restriction as access would be permitted.
“It is a case of trying to stop it before it becomes an issue so there is no danger to residents. It’s just trying to keep it as a residential road so it doesn’t become a rat run for HGVs,” he said.
“There will be no issues for buses or for refuse lorries or deliveries to the pub or for the removal lorries. People have businesses to run.”
He didn’t rule out the prospect of including traffic calming measures such as speed bumps on Dukes Meadow Road in the future.
He pointed to the success of a weight restriction on the railway bridge on Middleton Road, which reduced the amount of traffic using the road.
Councillor Turner hopes to put the proposal before the next meeting of the Banbury Traffic Advisory Committee in June.