Just over 2 weeks ago I came across the Government proposal to increase speeds for HGVs on single carriageway way roads from 40mph to 45mph. Given that any increase in speed limits on single carriageway roads must make such roads more dangerous for vulnerable road users such as horse riders, pedestrians and cyclists I was instinctively opposed to the measure. I was moved to complete the Department for Transport’s consultation on the issue and I would urge all cyclists and other interested parties to do the same. The consultation closes on 1st Feb 2013 and can be found here:
I also wrote to my local MP, Eric Ollerenshaw?but
to date he hasn’t deigned to reply – see update below. Here’s my letter in full:
Dear Mr Ollerenshaw,
I am writing to express my opinion on the Department for Transport’s proposal on increasing the speed limit for HGVs on single carriageway roads. I am totally opposed to this proposal for two reasons.
Firstly, I am a cyclist and I consider the Lune Valley to be one of the best places to ride your bike in the country. The A683 from Lancaster to Kirby Lonsdale is already a fairly intimidating road to cycle along and any increase in speed limit for HGVs will make this road, frankly, terrifying for vulnerable road users. I believe that any increase in speed limit will reduce safety for cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders, all of which use the lanes and roads around the Lune Valley in large numbers.
Secondly, I live on the A683 and we are acutely aware of passing HGVs. The heaviest of these already cause the house to shake when moving past at current speeds. Any increase in the speed limit will only increase noise pollution and vibration caused by large HGVs.
I have responded to the DfT’s consultation and would urge you, as my elected representative to oppose this proposal.
Caton 13th November, 2012
It takes 5 minutes effort to write to your MP and since this proposal is simply designed to cut costs for business at the expense of the road safety so why not do so? I use:?http://www.writetothem.com/
Update, 10th December, 2012?
Mr Ollerenshaw did actually reply on 19th November, however the Postie seems to have kept the letter to himself until the end of last week! The gist of his reply was that he’s keeping an open mind on the issue until he’s read the report from the consultation. Fair enough, but all the more reason for people to let him know that faster lorries are not what we want on our roads.