Sat nav problems

HEAVY Goods Vehicles (HGVs) which have been travelling on unsuitable routes through North Somerset's villages could soon be stopped. The narrow streets of Banwell and Monk's Hill in Kewstoke have been coming up as suitable routes on satellite navigation s

HEAVY Goods Vehicles (HGVs) which have been travelling on unsuitable routes through North Somerset's villages could soon be stopped.The narrow streets of Banwell and Monk's Hill in Kewstoke have been coming up as suitable routes on satellite navigation systems.Two caravans heading for Kewstoke had to be pushed back up Monks Hill after they became stuck on the first bend.Villagers in Banwell have been battling for years to stop HGVs from using the village's narrow roads as a rat run.North Somerset councillor John Crockford-Hawley, executive member for strategic planning and transport, is now working with the Road Haulage Association to come up with approved routes on satellite navigation systems to prevent large vehicles from straying into villages.He said: "Banwell is certainly not a freight route. One of the areas that the freight industry is now looking at is satellite navigation in lorry cabs and the use of approved routes."Michael Moore, regional officer for the Road Haulage Association said: "The road in Banwell is not ideal for any large vehicle be it a lorry, van or coach.We are working very closely with North Somerset Council, Somerset County Council and the Regional Assembly to see that suitable routes are clearly marked and designated for vehicles and in particular, vehicles that are on-route and not local vehicles serving the community.


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