JOHN HOWELL is backing a call to deter drivers of heavy goods vehicles from using Watlington as a rat run from the M40
JOHN HOWELL is backing a call to deter drivers of heavy goods vehicles from using Watlington as a rat run from the M40.
The Henley MP has been lobbying to secure better signage to prevent drivers using the B4009 through the town following delays in the installation of weight limit signs around junction 6 of the motorway at Lewknor.
Now Highways England has said that UK Highways M40, which is responsible for the operation of the motorway between junctions 1 and 15, is liaising with Oxfordshire County Council.
It has identified ways to improve HGV-related signage for those leaving the M40 at junction 6 and to highlight the weight limit restriction on the B4009.
Mr Howell said: “A number of us have been badgering Highways England to take action on this for some time and progress on this has been disappointingly slow.
“However, this is a positive step in the right direction and I am pleased that we have at last got to this stage.
“We are told that road safety audits and other related survey and design work will be undertaken in the coming months after which detailed proposals and the programme of installation will be set out.
“Slow progress but progress none the less — and in writing now.”
Peter Richardson, a community campaigner who lives at Howe Hill, called for the new signage to be backed up by enforcement.
“The only solution really is to make adjustments to the weight limit area and some automatic number plate recognition camera enforcement checks,” he said.