Buckinghamshire Council introduces new Freight Community Toolkit

Buckinghamshire has many residents, businesses and industrial estates served by freight vehicles. The transportation of goods by freight helps to support Buckinghamshire’s economic growth, but can also cause environmental problems and concerns for local communities.

To help balance the need for efficient distribution of goods with the needs of the environment and communities, Buckinghamshire Council has developed and adopted a Freight Strategy. Policy 8 of the Freight Strategy outlines Buckinghamshire Council’s aim to work collaboratively with local communities to monitor and address local freight issues.

Policy 8: Empowering Communities

‘We will give communities affected by freight access to the information they need to get more involved in managing their own freight issues. Measures like community freight toolkits will help to show them what their options are’.

Buckinghamshire Council has produced online guidance for local residents, haulage companies and drivers. This includes information on how to request a new restriction, and maps that identify the recommended routes for freight vehicles in Buckinghamshire.

This Freight Community Toolkit is designed to complement this online guidance and provide a resource that can be used by interested individuals, communities and stakeholders to monitor freight movements in their local area. The Freight Community Toolkit includes a Guidance Note, Code of Conduct, Survey Form and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) Guide to Lorry Types and Weights to aid volunteers.

Further information on lorry routes, advice for HGV drivers and residents, and full details of the Freight Community Toolkit are available via this link: https://www.buckscc.gov.uk/services/transport-and-roads/policies/limits-and-routing-for-heavy-goods-vehicles/