Tooting residents to be asked their views on neighbourhood lorry ban

Published: Friday, February 7, 2020

Residents living in an area of Tooting will soon be asked if they want a ban on lorries driving past their front doors.

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People living in this part of the borough will be invited to take part in a consultation which could see Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) weighing more than 7.5 tonnes banned from travelling down their streets.

The ban would apply 24 hours a day to all large lorries entering an area centred on Fishponds Road and bounded by Garratt Lane, Glenburnie Road, the Upper Tooting Road and Beechcroft Road.

The only exceptions to the ban would be if a large vehicle had a legitimate reason to be there, such as making a genuine delivery to an address or a coach carrying pupils to and from one of the nearby schools. Refuse lorries and other essential vehicles like fire engines would obviously be permitted.

The proposed change has been drawn up in the wake of a council investigation which was launched in response to feedback from local people who complained about the number of HGVs travelling through their neighbourhood.

If approved, the ban would make conditions in this part of Tooting quieter and safer for cyclists and pedestrians.

Transport spokesman Cllr Paul Ellis said: “I think a lorry ban in this part of Tooting makes a lot of sense but it is only right that local people have their say in a public consultation. Ultimately it will be their view that prevails.”