Superlorries not welcome on UK roads

The Government has rejected plans to allow ̵6;superlorries̵7; onto British roads following publication of a report that said their use would be impractical even on a trial basis.

The Transport Research Laboratory study looked at the potential impact of several proposals that could have seen the length of goods vehicles increased to as much as 34m, with 11 axles and weights up to 82 tonnes.

Carried out as part of a Europe-wide review of rules on lorry sizes incorporated in the EU Logistics Action Plan, its conclusion was that any change that would increase permitted lengths to 25.25m or longer is likely to lead to an increase in carbon dioxide emissions as goods are transported by road rather than rail.

There would also be serious implications for the management of the road network, it told the Department for Transport. The vehicles would be unsuitable for many roads and junctions and introduce new safety risks.

̶0;This study shows that superlorries are not compatible with British roads,̶1; said Transport Secretary Ruth Kelly. ̶0;Not only are there clear environmental drawbacks, but such vehicles would be unsuitable for many roads and junctions, while providing the infrastructure to accommodate them would require substantial investment.̶1;

The report does however suggest that there could be worthwhile benefits from permitting a modest increase in the length of current articulated vehicles from 16.5m to 18.75m.

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