Sat navs go the wrong way

PUBLISHED: 17:30 31 January 2007 | UPDATED: 10:32 24 May 2010

ROAD signs in Nailsea could be reviewed in a bid to stop HGV drivers using narrow and windy roads to get to industrial estates in the town. Nailsea town councillors have written to North Somerset road chiefs asking them to conduct a review of directional

ROAD signs in Nailsea could be reviewed in a bid to stop HGV drivers using narrow and windy roads to get to industrial estates in the town.Nailsea town councillors have written to North Somerset road chiefs asking them to conduct a review of directional road signs in a bid to reduce the number of lorries using back streets to get to the West End Trading Estate.Local residents say they are fed up with roads such as Silver Street and Whitesfield Road being used as routes by drivers.The problem is caused by truckers using satellite navigation systems, which take them down narrow residential roads rather than main routes through the town.Nailsea Town Council clerk Ian Morrell said: "Heavy goods vehicles are using roads which are totally inappropriate to get to the trading estate."This issue revolves around the use of satellite navigation systems and the fact that many of the drivers do not know the area and are just purely making a delivery there."As a result of this, drivers are following their satellite navigation instructions and going down unsuitable roads, some of which have a seven and a half tonne weight limit."On some occasions lorries have gone down Silver Street and turned into Whitesfield Road."Some drivers have realised they have gone the wrong way and have then been forced to reverse, which causes a real traffic hazard. The ideal route for these large lorries to use would be Queens Road."Councillors have asked for all road signs in the town to be looked at and whether they can be replaced with simpler signage.

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