Mersey ban reviews
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A MAJOR lorry traffic survey is being carried out by Merseyside County Council this month as part of a constant review of its lorry management policy.
The council has engaged con:sultants to interview drivers of vehicles over 3.5 tonnes to establish the origins and destinations of the vehicles, the loads they are carrying, and, where possible, the weight of the goods being carried.
Forty sites in the county have been selected for the surveys, and two of these have been carried out each working day since the end of last month. The programme will be completed by the end of this month.
The areas chosen reflect the main flows of lorry traffic on Merseyside, with interviews being carried out within an area bounded by the M57 around Liverpool and the River Mersey, around the Mersey Tunnels, and in two areas on the Wirral, one on either side of the M53.
Data collected in the surveys will be processed over a six to nine-month period, after which a report will be presented to the council for possible action.
While controls may be introduced in local points where, for instance, traffic from industrial estates runs through housing estates, it is not thought likely that Merseyside will opt for sweeping bans. There are few in the county at present, and its structure plan policy is to assist freight movement wherever possible, especially where this encourages industrial development and survival.