Delays after lorry gets stuck on busy hill in Bath

Delays after lorry gets stuck on busy hill in Bath

Drivers were delayed after a lorry and trailer got stuck on a steep hill outside Bath yesterday (Monday, May 24). The articulated vehicle got into difficulties on Pennyquick Hill, near Newton St Loe, around 9am. Neil Barber, 60, of Englishcombe, was travelling along the road at the time and saw the moment the lorry stopped.

He said: “It was very busy and the traffic was heavy. Lots of people were backed up behind it as the driver tried to reverse it back down the hill. “He had a trailer on as well so it was snaking down the road.

That’s the third time I’ve seen it happen and this one reversed without anyone holding the traffic. “The road is getting used by big articulated lorries all the time now because of the Clean Air Zone.” Looking for Bath’s top stories in one place? Sign up for our newsletter here.

Pennyquick runs from the Bristol Road to Newton St Loe, where it becomes the Whiteway Road – passing Whiteway, Southdown and Odd Down – before reaching the east side of Bath. Mr Barber “felt for the people behind the lorry” and said: “It just seems ridiculous that they have to go down that hill to get to the Warminster Road without crossing the Cleveland Bridge or going through the Clean Air Zone,” he said.

Also yesterday (Monday, May 24), a mother who lives in Weston village in Bath expressed concern about the number of HGVs using Lansdown Lane in the north of the city. Like Pennyquick, the road into Weston is a steep hill and six years ago bore witness to the tipper truck tragedy that killed four-year-old Mitzi Steady.

Elsewhere in Bath, residents have raised fears that their roads will become rat runs as van and lorry drivers avoid the zone.