The deadline for comments for the consultation regarding the proposed Traffic Regulation Order to prohibit Heavy Commercial Vehicles (over 7.5t) on the B1040 through Hilton is Friday 17th December.
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Executive Director, Place and Economy,
c/o Policy and Regulation, Box No.D8E,
Huntingdon Highways Depot,
Hilton Parish Council has submitted a comment regarding this consultation:
“Hilton Parish Council wholeheartedly supports its application for a Traffic Regulation Order to prohibit HCVs on the B1040 through Hilton. Hilton has long been blighted by HCVs and has sought this prohibition order for many years. Now that the new A14 is opened, the alternative route of the A1307 and A1198 is much more suitable for these large, heavy vehicles. Hilton is a small settlement that is divided by the B1040, which was not designed for the current high volume of oversized vehicles. The road is narrow and at one point on a blind corner there is not space for two HCVs to pass each other without mounting the footpath. Several sections of this road have no footpath either side and where there is footpath it is often very narrow and there is no verge between the highway and the narrow footpath. There are listed buildings along this road which are being damaged by the vibrations caused by these gigantic vehicles and one of these, situated on a blind corner, has also been hit and damaged. There is also the issues of the detrimentally high levels of noise and air pollution. In fact, it is very difficult to even hear the person next to you if you are walking along this road, whilst these enormous vehicles thunder past mere inches from you.
The alternative route of the A1307 and A1198 is much more suitable for this type of vehicle, whilst maintaining safety for non-motorised users. Where this route does pass near a settlement, there is a wide safe off-carriageway non-motorised users’ route, with signal-controlled crossings to provide safe passage for both cyclists and pedestrians. The residential units in this settlement are situated a good distance away from the road, unlike in Hilton where homes are within striking distance of these oversized heavy vehicles.
Hilton Parish Council is pleased to have received the support of Cambridgeshire County Council in approving their Local Highways Improvement bid for this Traffic Regulation Order application and looks forward to the improvements to the quality of life for the community of Hilton and Hilton becoming a safe, clean, green environment.”