A bid to stop HGVs damaging roads and using a Bucks village as a ‘rat run’ has been launched. 

Campaigners are demanding Bucks Council introduce weight restrictions for heavy goods vehicles at several entry points in Holmer Green to prevent highway and home damage – and to protect villagers.

A petition to persuade the council has been launched, prompted by a “marked increase” in large vehicles driving through the village.

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Weight limit signs for no more than 7.5 tonnes should be installed on Watchet Lane (junction with Beech Tree Road), Penfold Lane (junction with Winters Way), and Sheepcote Dell Road and Earl Howe Road (junctions with A404), campaigners say.

Bucks Free Press:

PICTURED: Watchet Lane junction with Beech Tree Road. 

The intention is to make the village “safer for residents, walkers and cyclists”, while ‘minimising damage to roads, verges, trees and property’.

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“We the undersigned petition the council to introduce a 7.5-tonne weight restriction on heavy goods vehicles entering Holmer Green village,” the petition reads.

“There has been a marked increase in large commercial vehicles travelling through the village, some towing very large trailers causing damage to the carriageway edges, verges and trees, particularly when meeting other (large) vehicles travelling in the opposite direction or when negotiating junctions.

“Introducing a 7.5-tonne weight limit (except for delivery purposes within the village) at [several] entry points…will prevent HGVs using Holmer Green as an alternative to the main roads.”

The petition ends on August 2.

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