Lorry bashes barrier as council reveals parking and route review for Leighton Buzzard is imminent

The damaged caused
The damaged caused

Barriers at a restricted road in Leighton Buzzard have once again been bashed by heavy goods vehicles ignoring the restriction warnings.

For at least the second time this year, the width restriction barriers at Vandyke Road have been left severely damaged – leading to some calls for Central Beds Council to reconsider restrictions on the road.

Last Tuesday at midday saw another lorry stuck at the 6ft 6ins restriction outside Vandyke Upper School.

The lorry burst its tyre, ripped its plastic front end and pulled a bollard complete with concrete base out of the ground.

A Central Bedfordshire Council spokesman said: “Lorries are getting stuck on this road because they are ignoring the HGV restriction signage, which was put in place to protect pupils accessing the school.

“Our highways team will soon be conducting a full review on parking and the different routes available for vehicles travelling around Leighton Buzzard.

“Whilst we understand there are issues within the Leighton Buzzard area which we are keen to put right, we would ask drivers to adhere to the signage in place.”

In June, Cllr Ray Berry called on CBC to enforce the weight restrictions in Leighton Buzzard, which were being “flouted on a daily basis”.

Several accidents involving large vehicles have taken place in recent years.

In April, a bus ended up stuck in a ditch having approached the width restriction and attempted to reverse 300 yards to get back to the crossroads.

In February, a lorry also landed in a roadside ditch when the driver realised the vehicle wouldn’t fit through the two-metre gap and he was forced to perform a turning manouevre.

And in 2014, the LBO reported a lorry became wedged between the bollards when trying to get through the gap, blocking the road for five hours.