§ Mr. Stephen Ross
asked the Secretary of State for Transport what steps are being taken to ensure that the increasing network of roads designated for lorry transport are adequately signposted so as to differentiate between inter-town advisory routes and major through routes.
§ Mr. Horam
Apart from one experimental scheme, there are no routes positively designated for use by lorries. The Government are currently considering the possibility of a national lorry routes network following consultations on the basis of a discussion paper issued in January. In the meantime, our advice continues to be that lorries should keep to the motorways and primary routes for which a uniform and distinctive signing system is already in use. Local authorities have wide powers under existing legislation to control the movement and parking of vehicles of all kinds, including lorries on roads for which they are the traffic authority. At present this is achieved by traffic regulation orders and the appropriate signs restricting entry to particular roads.