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Besançon: the environmentalist mayor bans heavy goods traffic on the main axis of the city

The environmentalist mayor of Besançon, Anne Vignot, on Tuesday issued a decree prohibiting the circulation of vehicles over 3.5 tonnes on the RN57, which crosses the city, highlighting the “risks” and “nuisances” caused by the transit of trucks.

“We are suffering enormously from the heavy goods traffic which is only increasing, with trucks, both very large tonnage and lower tonnage, which are in single file, including on Saturdays, and which degrade the quality. of life, “Anne Vignot told AFP.

According to the association of residents “Bonne route”, 2,000 trucks circulate daily on this axis.

“These vehicles participate in the saturation of the entrance and the crossing of the city”, added the elected official, pointing out the fact that the RN57, road connecting the north and the south of Besançon bypassing the historic center by the west, changes from four to two lanes on entering the town, the second largest in the Bourgogne Franche-Comté region.

Several other highways, two departmental roads and three boulevards, are also affected by the ban on the transit of heavy goods vehicles.

In her decree, consulted by AFP, the mayor considers that truck traffic “presents significant risks” for pedestrians and cyclists, “causes noise pollution” as well as “environmental nuisances” affecting “health and safety. quality of life of residents “.

It highlights the existence of an “economically reasonable alternative” offered by “the A36 and A39 motorways”, which bypass the city to the west at the cost of a detour of at least twenty kilometers.

“We also have a rail line, from Besançon to Le Locle (in Switzerland, editor’s note), which could be used to relieve a lot of transit,” said Ms. Vignot, deploring “the very great delay we have, in France, in the rail freight “.

“We need to find alternatives for all this transport which has no benefit for the territory, but which causes its nuisances to the inhabitants”, she added, wondering about the “coherence of the policy national “transport.

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