Lorries banned from using Grangemouth road at night

Lorries on Grangemouth's Beancross Road.

Lorries on Grangemouth's Beancross Road.

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Heavy goods vehicles have been temporarily banished from a road to see if it removes a burden from residents.

People living near Beancross Road in Grangemouth have been talking to councillors and firing off e-mails for a number of years in an effort to get some kind of action taken against the heavy vehicles which pass their homes at all hours of the night.

Now Falkirk Council has given the go-ahead for an experimental weight restriction which will come into force on Thursday, September 8.

One resident said: “The whole house shakes when the lorries thunder past.

I’m all in favour of this restriction - I’ve lived here for 20 years and there have never been as many big lorries on the road as there are now.

“The normal lorries aren’t a problem, but those big container lorries are - it’s just too much. This will make a big difference.”

Another householder added: “It’s the roads that suffer too. The gullies and drains are always having to be repaired because the lorries are so heavy going over them.

“The noise they make almost gives me a heart attack – we can’t even sleep with the window open on hot nights because of the noise.

“One woman has even put in for a move. She doesn’t want to leave because she has family here, but the noise is just too much.”

The ban, which will be in place for 18 months, deals with the section of the A904 Beancross Road stretching 705 metres from the Beancross Roundabout at Newlands Road to the Earls Gate Park Roundabout.

While the restriction is in force no vehicles over 7.5 tonnes will be able to travel on that part of the road at weekends or between 6 p.m. and 8 a.m. on weekdays.

Exceptions can be made where building, repair or demolition work needs to be carried out and vehicles require access during the restricted period.

The ban will impact haulage firms – but they say the overnight restriction will not be felt as strongly as a 24-hour ban.

Iain Mitchell, managing director of John Mitchell Haulage, said: “It’s going to be a blow to local industry, but I think it’s as good a compromise as we could have hoped for.”

A Falkirk Council spokesman said; “This order is intended to improve the amenity for residents by prohibiting through movements of heavy goods vehicles during the specified hours.

“Weekday through movements are not prohibited outside the permitted hours in order to reduce the economic and environmental impact of increased heavy goods vehicle miles.

“The effect of the restriction will be monitored on an ongoing basis and it will be reviewed in a year’s time.”