Burford HGV weight limit consultation coming to an end

People have until the end of the week (Friday, February 5) to have their say on whether a temporary weight limit on vehicles driving through parts of Burford should be made permanent.

The experimental measure was brought in on 5 August 2020. It prevents goods vehicles weighing more than 7.5 tonnes passing through Burford town on the following roads:

  • The A361 (The Hill and High Street) from the A40 Burford roundabout to the A424/A361 Fulbrook mini-roundabout.
  • Barns Lane from its junction at Burford roundabout.
  • Tanners Lane from the A40.

Councillor Eddie Reeves, Oxfordshire County Council Cabinet Member for Highways Delivery and Operations, said: “We would urge anyone who wants to have their say on this important issue, whether they are for or against the measures, to get their thoughts to us by Friday. We want as wide a range of opinions as possible before any final decision is made.”

The scheme was proposed to promote road safety, reduce damage to roads and buildings, cut congestion, and improve the environment of the area. The order is primarily intended to protect the historic centre of the town, its infrastructure, residential streets, and its community.

The temporary weight limit still has a maximum of 12 more months to operate, and it is being monitored by Burford Town Council and Oxfordshire County Council. The county council will consider, in due course, whether the provisions of the experimental order should be continued indefinitely.

The six-month time limit for people to comment on the scheme ends at 11.59pm on Friday 5 February 2021. Anyone wishing to have their say should visit the Oxfordshire County Council consultation page, where they will also find more information on the scheme, including exemptions and alternative routes.