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Forum chief vows action to stop HGV drivers using Albert Street as “rat run”

Concerns have been expressed at the number of HGVS using Albert Street.
Concerns have been expressed at the number of HGVS using Albert Street.

Concerns have been expressed that a busy Dundee road is being used as a “rat-run” by heavy goods vehicles.

Members of the Stobswell Forum have held discussions in recent weeks to try to address complaints over the number of tankers using Albert Street.

Colin Clement, chair of the Stobswell Forum, believes action must be taken to restrict the number of heavy vehicles using the street as a through road.

He said: “There’s too much through traffic in terms of buses and HGVs.

“It’s detrimental in terms of traffic, in terms of pollution and in terms of the danger to pedestrians.

“I think a lot of local people have just got used to it because it has been like this forever.

“We are going to do a survey and count the amount of traffic on Albert Street. We want to make this a bigger issue.”

With a significant number of elderly people living in the area, Mr Clement hopes a solution can be found sooner rather than later.

He said: “There’s a fair proportion of older people living in the area. It can’t be easy for them to get across the road.

“We need to find solutions together which prohibits certain types of vehicles from going up and down Albert Street.

“The inner city buses? There must be a better way for them to get to the bus station than using Albert Street. The tankers? I don’t know what they’re carrying, but I don’t see the need for them to travel up and down Albert Street.

“It’s on our list. We’ll be doing more about it next year.”

City centre councillor Lynne Short, who has worked to promote electric vehicle usage in Dundee, believes HGVs should avoid the area as much as possible.

Ms Short said: “There are a lot of people who live in the area and there are three schools. Lorry fumes affect young people more.

“It’s dangerous and not good for the environment.

“It (Albert Street) is being used as a rat run. HGVs should go down the Kingsway, down to Dock Street.”

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