Police fine drivers using ‘dangerous’ road to dodge Clean Air Zone

Police have cracked down on drivers in Bath after concerns were raised about heavy goods traffic on a “dangerous” hill. Lansdown Lane, in the north of the city, was the scene of a tipper truck tragedy in 2015 which shocked people across the country. A four-year-old girl who lived locally, and three men from Wales, lost their lives when the truck lost control and hurtled down the hill.

This week, a local mum said the road had become more “dangerous” since the Clean Air Zone began, with many HGVs using it despite the 7.5-tonne weight restriction, introduced after the fatal collision. Looking for Bath’s top stories in one place? Sign up for our newsletter here. Yesterday, (Tuesday, May 25) Avon and Somerset Police officers in Weston checked the speed and weight of vehicles entering and leaving Lansdown Lane.

A statement on the Bath Neighbourhood Policing Facebook page said: “Bath Outer North neighbourhood police team conducting speed and restriction patrols on Lansdown Lane.

“We shall be conducting more patrols in the near future to try and tackle issues relating to speed, width and weight restrictions on the roads.”

It added: “Tickets and strong words of advice have been used to drivers not abiding by the rules on this particular stretch of road in the past.

“We do understand a rise in larger volumes of traffic around the Clean Air Zone on roads like Lansdown Lane are having an impact and we shall work on trying to tackle this in the upcoming weeks.”