CLEVELAND BRIDGE BAN OVERTURNED BY DFT

The announcement that a proposed ban on heavy commercial vehicles turning on the A36 is to be overturned has been welcomed by the Freight Transport Association (FTA).

The decision, which was taken by the Department for Transport (DfT), will not affect drivers of Transit vans, as the ban was only to apply to vehicles weighing over 18 tonnes, but the news has been broadly welcomed by all sectors of the commercial transport industry, who had joined together in opposition to the planned restriction.

There was an outcry from many van and lorry drivers over the proposed action, which was provisionally imposed by the Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES) Council. The ban would have resulted in drivers being unable to use the all-important Cleveland Bridge, and therefore having to take a detour of roughly 45 miles.

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