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Nottinghamshire County Council Media Release

Issue Date: 24 July 2014


Nottinghamshire County Council has written to the Highways Agency asking them to reconsider a previous request to allow heavy goods vehicles serving a new opencast mine to get direct access to the M1, through Trowell Services.

 

The move would avoid the need for a 20km round-trip for each lorry, predominantly using local roads.


County Councillors resolved to grant planning permission for UK Coal's application for a new surface mine development at Shortwood in December last year.


In doing so, the Planning and Licensing Committee recognised the concerns of local councillors and residents about the number of HGVs travelling to and from the site on the local road network, such as the A609 Nottingham Road, the A6002 Bilborough Road / Woodhouse Way and the A610 Nuthall Road.


The proposed site is directly next to Trowell Services, between junctions 25 and 26 of the M1. Coal produced at Shortwood would be taken to Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station, off junction 24 of the M1.


Council officers wrote to the Highways Agency in February 2013, seeking permission to allow HGVs direct access onto the M1, a request which was denied.


Despite the Highways Agency citing Government policy which prevents access to other developments via a motorway service area, the County Council believes there are significant environmental and community benefits to be gained from the Highways Agency relaxing its rules in this instance.


Councillor John Wilkinson, Chairman of the Council's Planning and Licensing Committee, said: "Over the five years of the Shortwood development, around 890,000kms of unnecessary HGV travel could be avoided by using the adjacent motorway service area - even though only seven HGVs would need to travel through each side of the service area per hour.


"The service area already caters for HGVs and is designed to keep HGVs and other traffic segregated as much as possible. The Council does not believe that the relatively small number of HGVs involved warrants the short-sighted response the Highways Agency has provided so far. There are wider benefits for the local community and the environment which could be realised if the Highways Agency looked at the bigger picture.


"The concession we are seeking has cross-party support at the County Council, along with the backing of Broxtowe MP, Anna Soubry who has previously raised this matter with Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin. We are determined to take this matter as far as necessary and would welcome the opportunity to meet face-to-face with Highways Agency officials."