HGVs could be banned from Usk centre

A NEW plan to prevent lorries passing through Usk was discussed by Monmouthshire council’s cabinet yesterday.

A council report was produced after repeated concerns from Usk Town Council over dangers caused by traffic caused by heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) on the A472.

It recommends scrapping a ban on lorries on the A472 and the B4598 and introducing a new order to ban HGVs which weigh more than 7.5 tonnes from entering the A472 between the B4235 junction near Usk Interchange and Usk Bridge, and the B4598 between the Three Salmons Hotel and Chain Bridge.

Council officers said the proposed order would be easier to implement than the one currently in force because it covers a smaller area.

But they have recommended the plan is rejected, claiming its disadvantages outweigh its advantages.

Usk Town Council said they were keen to see a new order implemented, but were not in favour of the council’s plan.

The report said it would create a negative impact for people working in the area because it could increase the distance travelled by vehicles banned from passing through Usk.

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9:48pm Fri 9 May 14

bugsy93 says...

What a selfish attitude. They do not want lorries in Usk , but move the problem of large vehicles to Goytre, Llanover and Llanellen. The main road through Usk is a main 'A'road with a main South Wales to the midlands trunk road nearby.
By pass Usk , pedestrianise the main street and cripple the economy of the town and perhaps the Town Council will then be happy.
What a selfish attitude. They do not want lorries in Usk , but move the problem of large vehicles to Goytre, Llanover and Llanellen. The main road through Usk is a main 'A'road with a main South Wales to the midlands trunk road nearby. By pass Usk , pedestrianise the main street and cripple the economy of the town and perhaps the Town Council will then be happy. bugsy93
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1:25pm Fri 6 Jun 14

NeilGo says...

This is a difficult problem and, truly, a balance needs to be drawn between the needs of business and those of pedestrians in the town. I'm not alone in dreading a walk along the main road in Usk - especially when (often local) hauliers come through the town at legal road speeds (which are too high for such a narrow road). Have you ever noticed how an HGV mirror often overhangs the pavement as it travels through the town? Let's hope that one of them isn't low enough to one day clip someone's head.

Driving a car through Usk is equally difficult if an HGV is encountered. There is barely room for two modern cars to pass in places - and that says it all when you consider the size of an HGV.

So any solution clearly has to accommodate business needs and pedestrians alike - and that doesn't necessarily mean shunting traffic on to other local roads to make long diversions. Money needs to be spent solving this problem - if only to save the need for bridge repairs every couple of weeks.

When someone does get hurt in Usk, maybe the County Council will act.
This is a difficult problem and, truly, a balance needs to be drawn between the needs of business and those of pedestrians in the town. I'm not alone in dreading a walk along the main road in Usk - especially when (often local) hauliers come through the town at legal road speeds (which are too high for such a narrow road). Have you ever noticed how an HGV mirror often overhangs the pavement as it travels through the town? Let's hope that one of them isn't low enough to one day clip someone's head. Driving a car through Usk is equally difficult if an HGV is encountered. There is barely room for two modern cars to pass in places - and that says it all when you consider the size of an HGV. So any solution clearly has to accommodate business needs and pedestrians alike - and that doesn't necessarily mean shunting traffic on to other local roads to make long diversions. Money needs to be spent solving this problem - if only to save the need for bridge repairs every couple of weeks. When someone does get hurt in Usk, maybe the County Council will act. NeilGo
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