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see no point in ban
HAULIERS IN Swindon have said that a councilproposed weight limit to deter trucks from a residential area will have no effect on them as they do not use the route.
Swindon Borough Council has responded to calls from residents to ban trucks from using Merlin Way as a cut-through route to the A419, which leads to the M4, by proposing a 7.5-tonne weight limit.
A council spokesman confirmed that there are plans to put a weight limit in place as soon as October, but operators feel that there is little point.
Paul Keogh, director at P K Transport (Swindon), is based less than a mile away from the proposed restriction and said he never takes LGVs on the road. Tony Smith, director of UK Pallets member Les Smith Haulage, which runs 26 vehicles across two sites in Swindon, said: "It won't cause any problems because we rarely use the road."
A spokesman for Swindon Borough Council said the proposals are being considered by the Highways Agency, with plans to keep it in place for 18 months depending on the result of a six-month review.