New signs for lorry drivers
IMPROVED signage is to be installed around Nailsea in a bid to stop lorry drivers flouting weight limits on the town's roads. North Somerset Council
IMPROVED signage is to be installed around Nailsea in a bid to stop lorry drivers flouting weight limits on the town's roads.North Somerset Council has carried out a survey of road signs in the town following complaints about the amount of lorry drivers using the narrow streets to access the West End Trading Estate.Drivers trying to get to the industrial units often face having to do a U-turn in the road after trying to get down narrow and traffic clogged Silver Street - despite a weight limit of 7.5 tonnes being in force.Now special signs are to be put up around Nailsea in a bid to direct lorry drivers of the right route to use.Nailsea Town Council clerk Ian Morrell said: "The lorry drivers are relying on satellite navigation systems to direct them to the trading estates."They are using roads such as Silver Street and Pound Lane which are totally unsuitable."These roads also have a 7.5 tonne weight limit in force, but it seems as though the lorry drivers are just ignoring it."The problem is the roads, and the pavements where the lorries often mount them, are being damaged."We are hoping the drivers will now look at the signs and take the advised route rather than just rely on their satellite navigation systems."North Somerset Council spokesman Steve Makin confirmed better signage was planned for Nailsea.Mr Makin said: "We have conducted a survey of the signage in Nailsea and the surrounding areas."The idea is to reduce clutter and see if improvements can be made."In conjunction with the town council we have specifically looked at clearer signage for HGVs and some signs are on order and will be going up shortly.