The Street – Bacton Gas Terminal Traffic
The Street leads from the junction with Knapton Road that we are seeking to re-design and runs down towards Paston and Edinthorpe, getting narrower as it goes. A Quiet Lane, this beautiful country back road is lined by homes, many of which date back several hundred years and open their doors onto the road.
So imagine stepping out of your door and into the path of an HGV going to or from Bacton Gas Terminal, taking a short cut from the approved route, shaking the very foundations of the old village properties as it passes by, forcing traffic to reverse out of its way because the road simply isn’t wide enough to accommodate two vehicles along 80% of it’s length.
The issue on The Street is not so much the speed that vehicles are travelling, but the vehicles themselves.
Bacton Gas Terminal have proven themselves to be friends of the the surrounding villages, of which we are one. Indeed, they have just recently provided a new park bench for our playground.
They have clearly identified routes which they have instructed their suppliers to use when accessing the terminal, specifically to avoid using the quiet back lanes and roads round the local villages, including ours.
The Parish Council has a presence on a committee at Bacton Gas Terminal which has already shown that if sufficient evidence is provided, it will penalise suppliers who do not stick to their agreed routes. Persistent offenders can have their supplier status removed altogether.
We are seeking ways to gather information of such vehicles using The Street and provide the details to BGT of any abusers. We would welcome any evidence that villagers can provide, including photos dated and timed please.
We are also looking at the possibility of gaining a ban on HGVs altogether on the Street by way of imposing a weight restriction. This will be a challenge and we are awaiting advice back from Highways on this.
Watch this space.
To help strengthen our argument for change, we have looked around us and found a few precedents where villages local to us have managed to implement the blue Unsuitable for HGV signs as part of their road management scheme.
- as vehicles enter Gimmingham
- at the T Junction into Mundesley at the end of Water Lane
It’s fair to say that a lot of commercial drivers use, if not rely on, Sat Nav to get them to where they want to be. But Satellite Navigation is indiscriminate and does not take into account the nature of the road, simply recognising it as a classified A, B or C road.
Clearly there are C roads and there are C roads.
What chance would a resident have stepping out of their door into the path of a 40 ton artic!
For most drivers, The Street is not the end destination, it’s simply part of a larger route, so we are also trying to see if we can implement a sign that tells drivers of HGVs to ignore their Sat Nav and find an alternative, more suitable route, better able to accommodate vehicles of their size and weight.