Measures taken on A18 near Scunthorpe to tackle lorry problem
BOLLARDS have been installed on the A18 in a bid to cut the amount of mud on the road.
North Lincolnshire Council and Humberside Police have both received complaints from motorists about the amount of mud deposited on the highways.
Now North Lincolnshire Council has moved to address the problems created on the A18 at Gunness, by installing bollards to stop HGVs parking and churning up the verges.
Nigel Sherwood, cabinet members for highways, said the move was in response to safety concerns.
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"It is to stop the lorries parking there," he said.
"Especially foreign lorries – they are using it for overnight parking and it is damaging the verges.
"The police have had some concerns as it is a clearway and the lorries are pulling right off on to the verge, damaging the verge but then bringing mud on to the road.
"There are concerns for the safety of the lorries parking there."
Mr Sherwood acknowledged that Scunthorpe United fans had been parking on the stretch of road for a number of years, but this was not the reason behind the move.
The access to the motorway and other access roads makes the grass verge an appealing place to park, he said.
"They (Scunthorpe United fans) have been parking there for years and the lorry drivers must have spotted it and thought they would go and park up there," said Mr Sherwood.
"I don't think that cars have been the problem. It is more the lorries."
Mr Sherwood said vehicles parked at the side of the road caused decreased visibility for motorists that could potentially lead to accidents on the stretch of road.
Latest figures show the route has on average, 2,507 speeding motorists a day on the 40mph stretch.
Police are also concerned about mud on the road on routes including Cliff Road in Winteringham, the A1077 at Winterton/Winteringham, Epworth Grange, Washingham Lane in Eastoft, and Gainsthorpe Road in Kirton.
Barry Gardner, casualty reduction officer for Humberside Police, said: "This is a problem that occurs every year and is certainly a cause for concern.
"I understand that we live in a predominantly rural area and that farmers and agricultural merchants need to use the roads to carry on their business.
"However, I am concerned when I see some of the roads that have been left in a dangerous condition as a result of agricultural vehicles driving on the road after being in the fields."