Warwickshire, based in the centre of England with it’s motorways and major trunk roads, has a number of distribution centres, manufacturing and industrial estates which are serviced by Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs). HGVs are therefore prevalent on the County’s road network which results in a number of concerns raised by local residents.
For drivers and those responsible for running those services which require the transport of goods and services using HGVs, an Advisory Route Map has been developed which shows the most suitable routes for HGVs around Warwickshire.
Who enforces existing weight restrictions?
In Warwickshire both the Police the Trading Standards Service can enforce weight restriction orders under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984. However, environmental weight restrictions are particularly difficult to enforce due to the exemption they carry for vehicles requiring legitimate access, e.g. to deliver goods etc. Each vehicle must be stopped to check for this (but only the police can stop a vehicle).
What can be done to prevent HGV’s from using our road?
It is difficult to restrict the movement of HGV’s as they are permitted to use any classification of road for access and deliveries even if there is a Weight Restriction in place (unless it is a structural weight limit). As a main through route, HGV’s are directed to use the most appropriate route via motorways, dual carriage ways and main roads.
Warwickshire County Council has produced a lorry map which has been distributed to haulage companies and relevant associations. The map shows the most suitable routes around Warwickshire, the main industrial areas, refuelling stops, parking areas and services stations, all of which are suitable for heavy goods.
HGV routes are currently under review. Warwickshire County Council is not considering the introduction of additional weight limits at the present time.
However if particular haulage companies can be identified, who continually use unsuitable roads as a through route when other, more appropriate, main routes are available Warwickshire County Council will attempt to contact them where resource allows. Please note that Warwickshire County Council can only advise companies and do not have enforcement powers.
Can we prevent HGV’s from using our road?
No, lorries are permitted to use any classification of road for access and deliveries. Only in exceptional traffic management circumstances can we consider the use of a Weight Limit Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) to reduce the movement of HGVs via structural restrictions (e.g. Weak Bridge) and environmental restrictions. The cost of introducing a TRO is in excess of £6000. There is no existing Council funding available to introduce any new weight limits, therefore external funding would need to be identified by the requesting party.
Can we have a sign advising our road is not suitable for HGV’s
Advisory signs will not be considered for use on A and B class roads. Signs will only be considered on other roads if a survey shows that more than 10% of vehicles using the road are HGV’s, without legitimate access. There is currently no existing Council funding available to carry out a survey or install new signs on the road, and therefore external funding would need to be identified by the requesting party.
What is the process for requesting an advisory sign?
Step 1: A formal request would need to be made through the relevant authority, via your Town/Parish Council or Community Forum. This authority would then need to agree to fund the sign themselves or find external funding.
Step 2: Signs will only be considered on other roads if a survey shows that more than 10% of vehicles using the road are HGV’s. The cost of this survey is dependent on the area and road environment, and therefore costs can vary, but are usually within the range of £180 – £427, to which would be added the appropriate value of VAT. WCC will work with you on the location of where the survey should be undertaken and the expected survey cost.
If the survey shows that more than 10% of vehicles using the road are HGVs, then a warning sign can be considered (Step 3). If less than 10% of vehicles are HGVs, then no further investigation work will be carried out.
Step 3: If the figures support the need for an advisory sign then the relevant requesting authority would need to make a non-refundable payment of £500 to commission the investigation work required e.g. initial assessment of the site, design, utility and environmental searches.
Step 4: A summary of findings will then be submitted to the requesting authority, advising if it is possible to install a sign and if so, what the total cost of installation.
Warwickshire advisory lorry route map (2nd Edition)
Please be aware that these maps may be out of date. It is the users responsibility to check the current information by using the link below (Online reporting system).
The map shows the most suitable routes around Warwickshire, the main industrial areas, refuelling stops, parking areas and services stations, all of which are suitable for heavy goods traffic. In addition it shows height and weight restrictions and approximate speed camera locations.
Please use the online report system to request current height, weight and width restriction information on bridges.
County Map (PDF, 9.08 MB)
Inset A Kingsbury (PDF, 74.05 KB)
Inset B Nuneaton (PDF, 158.2 KB)
Inset C Bedworth (PDF, 85.69 KB)
Inset D Coleshill (PDF, 51.08 KB)
Inset E Studley (PDF, 52.3 KB)
Inset F Stratford-upon-Avon (PDF, 149.94 KB)
Inset G Ansty and Shilton (PDF, 92.96 KB)
Inset H Rugby (PDF, 164.24 KB)
Inset I Kenilworth (PDF, 46.33 KB)
Inset J Bidford-on-Avon (PDF, 45.18 KB)
Inset K Warwick and Leamington Spa (PDF, 463.77 KB)
Inset L Coventry Airport (PDF, 39.28 KB)
Inset M Atherstone (PDF, 58.55 KB)
Inset N Shipston-on-Stour (PDF, 33.53 KB)
Inset Side (PDF, 4.78 MB)
Abnormal loads approval
Warwickshire County Council in conjunction with Warwickshire Police are responsible for monitoring/approving all abnormal load movements on the County’s highways, and verifying the suitability of a chosen route.
The regulations regarding the movement of abnormal loads is contained in the Statutory Instrument 2003 No. 1998 – The Road Vehicles (Authorisation of Special Types) (General) Order 2003.
The appropriate Authority (either Warwickshire County Council or Warwickshire Police) must be notified before any move is scheduled to take place. The haulier must also indemnify the Authority for each move.
Notifications may be made via:
Electronic service delivery for abnormal loads – the nationwide database for abnormal loads.