BANNING HGVs from Lowton could cause traffic chaos in Croft, according to an MP.

Warrington MP Helen Jones restated her opposition to plans to 'de-prime' Winwick Lane with Wigan borough residents from the Lane Head South Residents’ Group calling for the ban.

They attended a meeting in Leigh, which included representatives from Croft and Culcheth parish councils, Warrington Borough Council and Wigan Council.

Mrs Jones said: “This idea was first proposed more than a year ago and is obviously still under consideration.

"The situation has not changed in that time.

“Banning HGVs from Winwick Lane is likely to mean lorries would still leave the M6 at junction 22 but divert through Croft village to access the East Lancs instead.

“This solution is simply moving the problem from one area to another.

“Shifting the problem in this way is just not acceptable.

"Many of the roads in Croft are narrow and have no pavements, making them totally unsuitable for heavy goods traffic.

“As was said when this proposal was first raised, the highway infrastructure cannot cope with the increase in this type of traffic, and the disruption to residents’ lives and amenities would be devastating.

“I am not prepared to support any scheme which detrimentally affects residents in Warrington north."