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Council details of Merlin Way / Kingfisher Drive weight limits

Council details of Merlin Way / Kingfisher Drive weight limits
Dale Heenan
  • On September 29, 2015

The public notice is posted below, along with the statement of reasons and a PDF plans for where the 7.5 tonne weight limits apply.




NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on the 30 September 2015 Swindon Borough Council made the above Experimental Orders under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 to be operative from the 7 October 2015 for the duration of 18 months.

Kingfisher Drive Experimental Order
The effect of the Order is to introduce a ‘7.5 tonnes’ heavy goods vehicles (HGV) weight restriction on Kingfisher Drive immediately north east of  St Pauls Drive for approx. 160 metres east of the junction with Dorcan Way to its junction with Merlin Way.

Merlin Way Experimental Order
The effect of the Order is to introduce a ‘7 .5 tonnes’ heavy good vehicles (HGV) weight restriction during the hours of *Monday to Friday from 6pm to 7.30am inclusive, Saturday from Midnight to 8am and 2pm to Midnight inclusive and All day Sunday on Merlin Way from the southern side of the junction with Covingham Drive to the north side of the junction of Kingfisher Drive.

Standard exemptions to weight restrictions apply and HGV’s requiring access to properties within the restricted sections are applicable for both Orders.

A copy of both Orders, plans and statement of reasons may be inspected at the One Stop Shop, Wat Tyler House, Euclid Street, Swindon during normal office hours or online at

The Experimental Order has been made to allow for an assessment of the changes before a decision is taken to make them permanent.

Any person wishing to make to object the Orders before they are made permanent must do so in writing quoting the reference (ZA/TRO/Kingfisher Dr or ZA/TRO/Merlin Way) specifying the grounds on which they are made within 6 months of the Experimental Orders coming into force or if the Orders are subsequently varied or modified within 6 months of the variation or modification coming into force.

If you wish to question the validity of the Orders, or of any provision contained therein on the grounds that it is not within the powers conferred by the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 or on the grounds that any requirements of that Act or of any instrument made thereunder has not been complied with in relation to the Order, you may, within 6 weeks from 30 September 2015 apply to the High Court for this purpose.

Head of Highways and Transport-Delivery Services-Swindon Borough Council

Wat Tyler House West – Beckhampton Street-Swindon SN1 2JH

30 September 2015


Over the last few years the local community has raised concerns regarding the amount of Heavy Goods Vehicles using Merlin Way. In response the Council introduced an experimental Traffic Regulation Order prohibiting heavy good vehicles exceeding 7.5 tonnes maximum gross weight from using Merlin Way in 2013 until June 2015.   The Council received a number of representations against the permanent continuation of this experimental Order.

Also whilst this experimental Order was in force concerns were raised that Kingfisher Drive was seeing an increase in heavy good vehicles that had been displaced from Merlin Way.

These concerns and representations were considered in a Cabinet Member Briefing Note which recommended that the Head of Highways and Transport take the following action:

  • Permit the current Merlin Way Experimental 7.5t Weight Limit to expire
  • Introduce an Experimental Traffic Regulation Order for a 7.5t Weight Limit on Kingfisher Drive between St Pauls Drive (West) and Merlin Way.
  • Investigate introducing a new Weight Limit on Merlin Way that would apply only during certain hours.
  • Investigate options for limiting the impact of goods vehicles serving proposed development sites in the area.

The reason for making the above Orders is to improve the environment for local residents by restricting unnecessary HGV vehicles whilst allowing an appropriate route for the those good vehicles requiring access to premises or land adjacent to the road or any side road.