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Weight limit and lower speed limit agreed for Dawson Lane in Chorley

Lancashire County Council is to bring in a weight restriction and reduce the speed limit on Dawson Lane near Buckshaw Village.

The council’s cabinet this week agreed to introduce the 7.5 tonne restriction to discourage HGVs from using the road as a through-route to access the commercial areas of Buckshaw Village.

Work is already underway to introduce a 40mph limit in place of the current national speed limit, and signs will be put up over the coming weeks to bring both changes into force.

County Councillor Keith Iddon, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “As Buckshaw Village has continued to expand our local highways team has been monitoring the impact on local roads.

“There has been an increase in HGVs using Dawson Lane, and we’re introducing the weight restriction to move this through-traffic onto Buckshaw Avenue, which is a more suitable route for these large vehicles.

“HGVs will continue to be able to use Dawson Lane for access if they need to in order to make a pick up or delivery, but not as a through-route.

“At the same time we’ll be reducing the speed limit to 40mph which recognises that Dawson Lane is now a busier road, with this speed limit being more in-keeping with other roads nearby which are similar in character.”

Formal consultation on the proposed weight limit was held between 19 January and 21 February, with notices in the local press and displayed on site.

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