Ban on truckers using lanes at beauty spot

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A LONG-RUNNING drive to prevent lorry drivers from using the narrow country lanes of a beauty spot as a rat run has ended in success.

Sheffield Council has proposed a ban on heavy goods vehicles in Mayfield Valley, popular with cyclists and ramblers, three years after residents petitioned for a vehicle weight restriction.

The campaign for the traffic regulation order, set to be approved in the coming weeks, began when the rise in the popularity of sat-nav systems led to an increase in lorries using the valley as a shortcut, despite it having sharp bends and no passing places. HGVs often get stuck, causing huge tailbacks.

Joan Newton, president of the Mayfield Valley Women’s Institute who led the campaign, said: “We are trying to prevent a fatal accident from happening.

“There is nowhere to escape for children and cyclists. It is very dangerous.”