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Photo of Ian Liddell-Grainger Ian Liddell-Grainger Conservative, Bridgwater and West Somerset 10:34 am, 11th June 2015

Could we have time to debate the problem of rural roads? More and more lorries are getting larger and larger, and they are not able to use a lot of rural roads. When they are supplying supermarkets in rural areas, they are blocking roads. In places such as Exmoor, which I cover, that is becoming a serious problem. Please could we have time to discuss the situation?

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Jim Butterworth
Posted on 16 Jun 2015 9:37 am (Report this annotation)

Perhaps the fleet operators need reminding of the old adage "horses for courses" and appreciate the time delays and fuel costs involved in getting these huge vehicles around our narrow lanes and town streets.
We also have to remember that a driver under pressure is more likely to take risks (eg speeding; parking close to pedestrian crossings; squeezing through gaps).