Victory for Highgate campaigners in fight to ban heavy lorries in North Hill

Campaigners have won a long battle to have Haringey Council crack down on drivers of heavy lorries who flout weight restrictions.

Residents complained last July about the large number of 14-tonne lorries that drive down North Hill, Highgate.

The council can now enforce a 7.5 tonne maximum weight limit after officers removed out-of-date signs along the road that told drivers about the old five-tonne weight restriction in North Hill.

It could not stop heavy lorries from using the road before the out-of-date signs were removed.

The old weight restriction was made null and void when the Department for Transport set the maximum weight limit at 7.5 tonnes.

Liberal Democrat Cllr Rachel Allison, who campaigned with residents to bring in road safety measures along North Hill, said she was pleased that the council had addressed the problem.

Cllr John Bevan, cabinet member for environment, said: “We’re committed to responding to residents’ concerns about lorry drivers breaching weight restrictions on North Hill, and we’ll be using mobile CCTV to monitor the road and improve enforcement. We will be upgrading signage so we can better enforce restrictions.”