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HGVs continue to drive over pavements in Ashbourne

January 24, 2019 8:01 PM
By Peter Dobbs
Dorsan Baker by HGV on Buxton Rd (Peter Dobbs)

Dorsan Baker on Buxton Road

The 'triangle' at the bottom of Buxton Road in Ashbourne Derbyshire is now a little smaller after some very expensive 'surgery' and observation does suggest that fewer large lorries are mounting the pavements in order to squeeze past each other at that corner. BUT they continue to damage kerb-stones and endanger pedestrians at the other pinch points on that road - halfway down the hill outside St Johns Church and at the crest of the hill at the blind junction with Windmill Lane and North Avenue.
Local resident Dorsan Baker was clearing the pavement beside his driveway on Buxton Road when a lorry travelling northbound came around the corner with its nearside wheels well over the pavement, only narrowly missing him. As Dorsan pointed out when this photo was taken some days later "There is simply not enough room for two large lorries to pass each other on this corner of the hill. I was lucky but someone with a buggy might have been hit". Although clearly very dangerous (and illegal), drivers of HGVs frequently have little choice but to 'invade' the pavement on this stretch of road as tyre-marks on the pavement prove. Southbound HGVs cannot continue due to parked vehicles further down the hill and northbound HGVs cannot proceed up the hill since the road is too narrow for two HGVs! The resulting jam would last all day unless the northbound vehicle mounts the pavement. It is also this stop-start traffic that is increasing the levels of atmospheric pollution on what is currently the most polluted road in the Derbyshire Dales and well over the EU limit for acceptable levels of nitrogen oxides, NOx

Tyre tracks on pavement

Tyre marks tell their story