Ivinghoe freight zone

The proposed weight restriction zone for freight vehicles in the Ivinghoe area is approved and is being implemented.

The zone will introduce an environmental 7.5 tonne weight restriction, with exception for local access by Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGVs) servicing sites within the zone.

Why we introduced the zone

The identified zone has been designed to:

  • reduce the impact of heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) on residents and communities
  • address concerns about road safety and air quality
  • minimise unnecessary traffic on local roads
  • allow the continued need to access local homes and businesses
  • support our desire to help local businesses thrive and grow
  • promote the use of more appropriate roads around the area

These aims are aligned to the adopted Buckinghamshire Freight Strategy. This will help us move freight around the county without imposing costs on business, consumers, residents or our environment.

Current progress

The zone is now moving through a 2-stage implementation phase.

Stage 1

We covered the design, procurement and positioning of signs around the zone. This was completed at the end of February 2023 making the restriction order legal.

Stage 2

We will work with our neighbouring authorities on the installation of advance notice signage. This will ensure we let HGV drivers and operators know about this restricted zone before they reach the perimeter. We expect the work to be completed in the first half of 2023.

After the zone is introduced

We will schedule reviews to establish the effectiveness of the zone and the impact on the major routes around the area. This will include Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) surveys which we will compare to surveys taken before the changes.

You can report suspected breaches of the rules to Thames Valley Police.

You can also report it to us to help us monitor the zone and help us with future planning. Report an HGV using a road that has a weight restriction.

Alternative routes

We encourage HGVs to use:

  • the B488 and A41 south of the zone giving links into Hemel Hempstead and the M25
  • the B4146 and A505 the north connecting to the M1 and Milton Keynes
  • the A418 making use of the new Eastern Link Road through Kingsbrook rather than the route through Bierton

These ‘A’ and ‘B’ class roads are preferred to routes through other villages in the area that do not have roads suitable for HGV traffic.

View the key decision report

View our key decision report for the Ivinghoe freight zone to see:

  • details of the decision to authorise it
  • a map of the zone
  • the Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) and Traffic Movement Order
  • comments from residents about the proposal

Contact the freight team