Limits and routing for heavy goods vehicles
Buckinghamshire has many residents, businesses and industrial estates serviced by Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs). As a result of this, lorries and vans often use the county's road network for access and deliveries. HGVs help to support Buckinghamshire's economic growth, but can also cause environmental problems and concerns for local communities.
This page explains the context in which Buckinghamshire County Council operates. For more information about our work, please see our Freight Strategy.
Advice for haulage companies and HGV drivers
Lorry route maps
Buckinghamshire County Council has produced and distributed lorry route maps. The maps help haulage companies and HGV drivers to identify the recommended route for their journeys in Buckinghamshire. The maps also show the main business parks, weight restrictions, height restrictions and goods vehicle testing centres in Buckinghamshire. View the Buckinghamshire lorry route map.
Local lorry route maps are available for the following towns and villages in Buckinghamshire:
The routes shown are those identified in the Freight Strategy as being the preferred routes for HGVs in Buckinghamshire. These are not statutory routes.
All information is correct as at January 2019. The lorry route maps should be used for guidance only. It is the user’s responsibility to check the accuracy of route information and to observe all road signs.
Advice for residents
Buckinghamshire County Council has issued advice for residents who are interested in HGV movements in Buckinghamshire. This includes guidance on how to request a new restriction and report a suspected breach of an existing restriction in the county. A Freight Community Toolkit has also been developed to allow communities to engage with freight movements in their local area. Although we cannot guarantee a personalised response to individual concerns, all reports will be taken into consideration when planning freight improvements.
To request a sign advising that a road is unsuitable for HGVs, a formal application needs to be made. This can be done through the appropriate Local Area Forum.
- advisory signs may be applicable only where it is not otherwise clear that a route is unsuitable for HGVs
- advisory signs will not be considered for use on A and B class roads
- if less than 10% of vehicles using the road are found to be HGVs without legitimate access, then no further investigation work will be carried out
- survey costs can vary depending on the area and road environment. Buckinghamshire County Council will help the applicant to determine where the survey should be carried out and the expected cost
- there is no existing council funding available for surveys, investigation work or new advisory signs. Therefore, external funding would need to be identified by the applicant or appropriate Local Area Forum
HGVs are permitted to use all types of road, including motorways, dual carriageways and main roads.
Only in exceptional circumstances is it desirable to control HGV traffic by a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO). This usually involves environmental or structural weight restrictions.
Environmental weight restrictions:
- can include exemptions for local access, deliveries and special permit holders
- can also include exemptions for public service vehicles, emergency service vehicles, agricultural vehicles and highway maintenance vehicles
- will only be considered after surveys have determined the nature and extent of any problem
Structural weight restrictions:
- involve an absolute ban for all vehicles. No exemptions for local traffic or buses
- will only be considered at the request of the Transport for Buckinghamshire Structures Team. Introduced when required
Please note, there is very limited funding available. Any new Traffic Regulation Order would normally require some form of external funding. The views of the Road Haulage Association, Freight Transport Association and affected businesses will also be sought before any new Traffic Regulation Order is introduced.
If you suspect a breach of a highway weight or width restriction in Buckinghamshire, you can report this to the Trading Standards Service.
Freight Community Toolkit
Buckinghamshire County Council has produced a Freight Community Toolkit that can be used by volunteers to monitor and report freight movements in their local area. The Freight Community Toolkit includes a guidance note, code of conduct, vehicle guide and survey form to assist volunteers.
Buckinghamshire County Council will review the information that is received and conduct an initial assessment to identify if further investigation or action is required. This process will involve engagement with the appropriate Local Area Forum.
If you have any questions or require assistance accessing the Freight Community Toolkit, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.