Lorry spotted crossing narrow bridge with weight limit in Bath

A lorry has been spotted crossing a very narrow bridge with a weight limit in Bath[1].

The juggernaut was seen making its way across the Batheaston toll bridge, which has a four-tonne restriction, on Friday (May 28).

There are signs on both the Bathampton and Batheaston sides of the crossing, making clear that HGVs should take a different route.

A large blue lorry was spied going across the river in a northeasterly direction and a local man managed to photograph its progress.

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The bridge costs just 80p for cars and is one of the cheapest[3] toll roads in the UK. However, there is no tariff for HGVs as they are not supposed to cross the structure in the first place.

Lorries have been spotted in other unusual places around Bath in recent weeks, following works to the Cleveland Bridge and the advent of the Clean Air Zone.

The lorry leaving the bridge on the Batheaston side
The lorry leaving the bridge on the Batheaston side

Last week, two HGVs in as many days got stuck[4] on Pennyquick Hill, near Newton St Loe – causing traffic chaos. It was suggested at the time that they were trying to reach Warminster Road without going through Bath.

Police have also been cracking down[5] on lorry drivers who use roads with weight limits in the city – such as Lansdown Lane, in Weston, which bore witness to the tipper truck tragedy of 2015.

References

  1. ^ Bath (www.somersetlive.co.uk)
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  3. ^ one of the cheapest (www.somersetlive.co.uk)
  4. ^ got stuck (www.somersetlive.co.uk)
  5. ^ cracking down (www.somersetlive.co.uk)