Straight and narrow
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A PROMISE that vehicles carrying stone will be monitored and that those deviating from agreed routes will be banned has been made by Geo Wimpey & Co who are carrying out repairs to the main runway of Manchester Airport.
Residents complained that the lorries carrying the stone from Derbyshire were taking a short cut to avoid Stockport. Vehicles were issued with orange stickers to assist identification.
Councillor Leonard Singer, who took up the residents' complaint after seeing for himself the degree to which the agreed route was being abused, said that Wimpey's were willing to monitor the lorries themselves. If a lorry deviates from the official route it would be banned. Radio and telephone links would be used to track the lorries.
"Wimpey's sub-contracted a lot of the haulage work to other firms who were breaking the rules," said Councillor Singer.
At a meeting of the Peak Park Planning Board, traffic planner Martin Smith said it was being arranged in a new transport plan for the park that wherever possible tenders for new mineral extraction should insist that material should be transported by rail.
Councillor Mrs Wyn Lomas said that was welcome news. "It is impossible to accept any more traffic through Hazel Grove and a diversion is not due to start until 1982," she said.