‘Lorries should use the bypass’

NEAABE120424d1, Keith Longdon, Brian Griffin and Mick Brown. Junction at nottingham road, Hilltop with Dovecote road.

NEAABE120424d1, Keith Longdon, Brian Griffin and Mick Brown. Junction at nottingham road, Hilltop with Dovecote road.

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THE owner of a bike shop in Eastwood wants signs putting up in Dovecote Road to divert lorries away from the town centre and onto the A610 bypass.

Mick Brown, who runs the cycle shop at Hilltop, says lorries coming along Dovecote Road turn right onto Nottingham Road and go through Eastwood town centre causing congestion and severe traffic build up.

He is appealing to Eastwood Town Council to get a sign put up at the junction telling drivers to turn left and go through Giltbrook and onto the bypass.

“We get some massive, massive articulated trucks going through town on these tiny Victorian roads. It causes chaos.

“Some of these lorries are 40 tonne.

“It would help if there was a sign up. We spend £5m on building a bypass and it cold be used a lot more.”

Mr Brown said lorry drivers also struggle to turn right on to Nottingham Road because it is a tight bend.

He said he often goes out and advises them to go on the bypass.

“I am here 9am to 5pm so I see it all. The drivers often get stuck because it’s an acute right hand turn and there’s bollards in the road. I will go out and try and be helpful and explain to them to go left, and many of them do.”

Mr Brown, has run the shop for 36 years. He says it has been a problem for years, but it is getting worse and worse.

He blamed the increase in industry, and also sat navs sending drivers the wrong way off the M1 motorway.

The shop owner raised the issue at an Eastwood Town council meeting last week.

“I am trying to jolly them up to get something done,” he said. “I asked them the same question two or three years ago.

“They are supportive but as yet nothing has been done.”

Eastwood town councillor Keith Longdon said he is writing to Nottinghamshire County Council, the authority responsible for highways, asking if Dovecote Road could have a weight restriction imposed on it, banning lorries using it altogether.

“I’m not holding much hope out though,” he said. “It’s a B road and I’m not sure they will restrict a road that size.”