At the centre of the historic Wiltshire town of Bradford-on-Avon, is the Town Bridge, which has been standing from Norman times and is Grade I listed. It is also on the route of the A363 and an 18 tonne weight limit has been imposed to ensure it will continue to stand in years to come.
With many lorries driving through the town’s historic core and failing to comply with the restriction, in October 2011 the town council decided to set up Bradford-on-Avon lorry watch. Within three weeks of the launch, volunteers had reported the registration numbers of 149 lorries to local trading standards, 34 of which were foreign. The introduction of a ban on lorries driving through Bath in 2012 is increasing pressure on the bridge and the need for the scheme to continue.