Brakes put on HGV rat run in Duns

HEAVY lorries will no longer be able to use a short cut through Duns from the Grantshouse Road to the town centre, after Scottish Borders Council agreed to a new Traffic Regulation Order prohibiting vehicles over 7.5 tonnes from Tannage Brae, The Mount and Easter Street.

Complaints from local residents about double parking, excessive speeds and the heavy goods vehicles using the route led to council road user officers visiting the area on a number of occasions.

They found that: There was significant demand on the limited space which led to inappropriate parking; and that there were a significant number of heavy goods vehicles travelling through the area but that speeds were very low - the average speeed was 15mph and the highest was 26mph.

A residents’ survey was carried out to find out whether they were looking for a weight restriction and/or a one way restriction on the route. Seventy eight households were consulted and 55 per cent responded, with two thirds in favour of a one way system and 36 per cent against and after councillors and council officials met local residents agreement was reached that they did not try a one way system at this stage.

Instead, with an overwhelming 79 per cent of residents supporting a ban on HGVs, it was agreed that a Traffic Order be introduced “to reduce the HGV element of traffic flow in Tannage Brae, Tannage Brae cul-de-sac, The Mount and Easter Street.”

Despite parking being raised as an issue by locals, they were not keen to have any formal restrictions put in place immediately. Instead it was agreed that informal road markings would be used initially to see if these would resolve the problems being created of access to certain properties. Scottish Borders Council will mark the road at driveways with white lines, commonly referred to as ‘H’ marking which does not require a traffic order.

Councillor Frances Renton said: “As the instigator of this, I am very pleased.

“It seems modern technology has upset the locals with sat navs sending lorries down here.

“Residents will soon be able to rest easy in their beds without having to endure the din of lorries reversing.”

When Scottish Borders Council’s executive met on Tuesday this week, they approved the Traffic Regulation Order.