In an effort to improve air quality on Boot Hill, Dorset Council has implemented a signed HGV route to avoid this uphill acceleration, which has been identified as a key contributor to emissions.
The signed route starts at Chafey’s Roundabout and directs southbound HGVs to use Weymouth Way, Granby Way, Hampshire Road, Cumberland Drive (Granby), Lanehouse Rocks Road and Portland Road.
On their return journey from the Wyke area and Portland, northbound HGVs will be signed to use Buxton Road, Rodwell Road (Boot Hill), Westwey Road and Weymouth Way.
Cllr Clare Sutton, Elected Member for the Rodwell and Wyke Ward, said: “Air pollution and congestion on Boot Hill has been a major concern for some time, not only for residents, but also for local children and families, some of whom walk it on a daily basis. More active travel, car-sharing and use of public transport would of course also help but I very much welcome this as a sensible step in the right direction.”
This signing strategy is part of the wider Portland Corridor Project, which is looking at practical solutions to manage traffic along the busy route and balance the competing priorities of access to Portland, pedestrian safety, road safety, local access, parking and public transport.