Road facts

Chilkwell Street is a mideaval cart track with tarmac. It is less than 5 metres wide in places, pavements narrow to 65cm (2 1/2 foot). How is it possible the authorities haven't acted long ago to restrict this stretch to 7.5t?

A weight restricted road would not be picked up by satellite navigation systems as a viable route thus preventing freight drivers from considering Glastonbury as a thoroughfare. Glastonbury's A361 must be removed from the county freight map.

It is time for Somerset Highways to plan for an infrastructure that will serve the next generation.


Lighten the Load campaign group would like to see a Traffic Regulation Order implemented (TRO) restricting the Glastonbury stretch of the A361 to 7.5T - in conjunction with removing its freight route designation. Exemptions for local businesses should apply.

On Somerset County Council’s website, you will find the following information about Traffic Regulation Orders (TRO) According to the descriptions, Glastonbury qualifies in no uncertain terms. Please read on.

Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) are legal documents which allow the Police and/or local authorities to enforce various restrictions designed to control or restrict the movement or waiting of traffic on any road which is open to traffic, including public highways. Examples of these can include speed limits, parking restrictions (single and double yellow lines), weight restrictions, one way streets, no right/left turns and loading bays.

Department for Transport
Guidance on Road Classification and the Primary Route Network

Weight restrictions on A and B roads
Environmental weight restrictions are imposed to prevent large vehicles from using inappropriate roads, routes and areas. They are legally enforceable but allow access to property within the restriction. The restrictions aim to:

Roads and Highways - Weight Limits. Weight restrictions can be imposed for structural or for environmental reasons. It is legal control on a specified vehicle weight or width, mainly on lorries, on certain roads and routes.

The restriction prevents large vehicles from using inappropriate roads, routes and areas in order to:
- Reduce danger to pedestrians and other road users
- Prevent damage to buildings, roads and bridges 
- Preserve the character, amenity and environment of an area 
- Reduce and manage congestion on the roads
- Procedures for implementation 
- Restrictions are subject to a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) and the associated procedures (see Fact Sheet on Traffic Regulation Orders)
- Regulatory signs are erected on site to give effect to the TRO and to assist the police in carrying out its enforcement.

Re Glastonbury’s Conservation Area being used as a short cut and convenient through fare, another quote from the web
Where possible Heavy Commercial Vehicles (HCV) (over 7.5t) should be restricted to mainly classified A and B roads, but where local roads are being used as convenient ‘rat runs’ causing environmental intrusion to residents the Traffic Management Team will seek to prohibit through traffic from entering a specific road or wider area by way of an HCV Prohibition Order.

There is abundant information available on the web about roads that have been downgraded from an A road to a B road, and examples abound regarding imposing weight restrictions and limiting a certain road to 7.5t