Wagon train on the road to hell

Trucking hell is blighting a rural community hemmed in by housing developments, claims a local councillor.

Thursday, 14th April 2016, 5:41 pm
Updated Thursday, 14th April 2016, 6:47 pm
Wagon backing out of Hoyles Lane

The closure of a four-way junction for cable-laying has led to queues of construction wagons in Cottam, says Coun Christine Abram.

“Some are backing up onto the busy Tom Benson Way to get round the blockage,” she said. “It’s a highly dangerous manoeuvre and people living around here are scared someone is going to get killed.”

Villagers fear they could be facing years of disruption after the city council decreed thousands of new homes should be built in the north west corner of Preston. The latest development to start up on Hoyles Lane is the sixth active site within a mile and there are more to come.

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“I’m getting so many complaints from residents locally about the construction traffic and I’ve been taking them up with both the city council and the county council.

“But right now, with the closure of the Nog Tow junction, it is impossible to get anywhere without having to take a large detour.

“There aren’t enough signs to tell HGV drivers that they can’t reach the site in Hoyles Lane because satnav doesn’t show the junction is closed.”

A spokesman for Preston Council agreed “numerous” complaints had been made by residents regarding delivery wagons and the developer had now agreed to put additional signs up to direct drivers to the site.