Campaigners are urging highways bosses to ban lorries from a rural road near a Leeds tourism jewel, which they say has turned the area into a “rat run”.
People living near the A659 – between Collingham and Harewood – say that an increasing flow of heavy goods vehicles diverting from the A1 is causing constant disruption and safety concerns.
Julian Holmes, from the Collingham Neighbourhood Planning Committee, explained: “Many residents in Collingham have simply had enough of these huge lorries thundering through our village. It has been a major concern and we are now determined to make the council listen to our views.
“We are quite happy for local farmers and agricultural vehicles to use the road. It is the eight-wheeled lorries, articulated trucks and tankers that cause huge safety and environmental concerns and add to what is an already busy road. An alternative must be found that gives some well deserved respite for Collingham residents.”
The matter has now been raised with highways bosses by local Harewood Conservative councillor Matthew Robinson. “The road leads to Harewood House which is a wonderful asset to the city and a fantastic tourist attraction,” he told a council meeting. “However traffic along the A659 has caused a constant disruption to the lives and villages of the adjacent area. This road was never intended to carry the traffic levels or the rat running done by the drivers.”
Development spokesman Coun Richard Lewis said HGVs formed only 10 per cent of the vehicles using the stretch of road but promised a review, adding he was “happy to look at any road where residents do perceive a problem”.
But he stressed: “If you do have a ban, where do you send the traffic? It’s not a simple thing of just slap a ban on it.”