Truckers 'need a lorry park in town'

Published: 2 Nov 2012 09:303 comments

A LORRY driver has criticised Bracknell Forest Council for not providing a "safe place" for trucks to take breaks.

Concerned: Simon Jones, from ATR Removals, has called for the council to provide a safe place for lorry drivers to stop.

Concerned: Simon Jones, from ATR Removals, has called for the council to provide a safe place for lorry drivers to stop.

Last month the News reported that residents in Jennett's Park were fed up with lorries creating an "eyesore" by parking on the estate overnight and leaving their rubbish behind - in spite of a sign which reads 'no HGV parking'.

But Simon Jones, who owns Bracknell-based company ATR Removals, has argued the reason lorry drivers stop in residential areas is because they have nowhere else to park up and the town is a "main cut-through" from the M25 to the M4.

He explained that part of the problem is that Bracknell used to have a lorry park in Downmill Lane but the space is no longer available, and added: "We drive all around the country and everywhere has lorry parks, it's almost like the council here are anti-trucks!"

Roger Cook, transport development manager at the council, said Bracknell Forest had a "relatively small part" of the highway network which is why it has "no formal lorry park" and added: "This is something which should be taken into account by transport operators in planning routes for their lorries."

For more on this story, pick up a copy of the Bracknell News - out now.

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  • Wheelbarrow
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    Nov 2, 14:23
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    You left your lights on.

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  • honeybear
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    Nov 3, 06:22
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    Reading and Fleet Service Stations -loads of room.

    Lorries should not be usuing Bracknell as a cut through to avoid the M25. If Bracknell is being used as a major lorry route which from the number of trucks you see on the A3095 it is time that a proper dual carriage way is put in between the A3, A31, A30, M3, M4 and M40 as the roundabouts around Sandhurst and Crowthorne are unsuitable for large lorries. or just make the A34 a proper 3 lane motorway to take all the north/south traffic away from the congested roads west of M25.

    I think a nice large lorry park in one of the industrial estates is a brilliant idea - charge them for overnight parking and make the Look Out and other leisure facility parking free for locals.

    As for BFC being anti trucks. The are anti everybody......espiecially local walkers.

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  • Dumbledood
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    Nov 3, 10:01
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    Hmm, why does a guy working for a Bracknell-based business get publicity? Why not feature a driver who has to park in the streets?

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