Routes plan held up
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TRANSPORT Under-Secretary John Horam announced last week that no roads will be designated as lorry routes until a decision on the national lorry routes scheme is taken.
Mr Horam told Suffolk Tory MP Keith Stainton in a written House of Commons reply that there is no question of the Department of Transport designating particular roads as lorry routes. But local authorities have the right to control lorry movements in their own areas.
Last December Mr Horam told the Commons that councils should go ahead with local schemes while the Government makes its minds up on the national plan.
Both the Road Haulage Association and the Freight Transport Association are opposed to unco-ordinated routeing plans being put into operation. There has been no announcement on the fate of the national plan since December. Labour MP Max Sowerby said this situation is causing widespread uncertainty among councils.
But Mr Horam replied that they could submit proposals under the Dykes Act which would still make a lot of sense.
A survey by the FTA has shown that authorities which are making plans are basing them on vastly differing weight limits; some have used two different parameters on the same stretches of road.