Sat Nav blamed for lorries getting stuck at Wallasey bridge

Wirral Globe: A similar problem in Yorkshire led to the council setting up warning signs A similar problem in Yorkshire led to the council setting up warning signs

Satellite navigation has been blamed for articulated lorries getting stuck in a Wirral town trying to negotiate a narrow humped-backed bridge followed by a sharp right turn.

After drivers have made deliveries in Wallasey Village the ‘sat nav’ system have directed HGV drivers to the quickest way back to the M56 - via Groveland Road and on to Bayswater Road.

The problems occur when drivers find that the sharpness of the bend and the narrowness of the road add up to a ‘no go’ situation, making it impossible to drive on or reverse.

Local Cllr Leah Fraser said local residents had been forced to assist drivers to inch their vehicles forward until the turn could be completed.

She said: “The logical solution would be for drivers to stay on the main road and head for the new roundabout at Harrison Drive before turning left to the motorway.

"But apparently they blame ‘sat nav’ directions for ending up in Groveland Road.”

Councillor Fraser said residents were concerned about the possible impact lorries using the road might have on their properties.

“The road was made one-way because it is narrow,” she said. “People have genuine concerns.”

At Cllr Fraser’s insistence, Wirral Council highways staff will place electronic tags in Groveland Road to monitor the situation.

She said: “These tags will indicate how fast lorries are travelling, how heavy they are and how long.

"Only when engineers have all this information and know exactly what is going on will they be able to devise a solution such as imposing a weight restriction on the road.”

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2:40pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Growl Tiger says...

Having undertaken this monitoring the Council Officers will come out with the phrase “the traffic and size of vehicles on this road are not excessive for an urban route of this kind”. Or “it is up to the individual driver to assess the suitability of the route they take”. Or,” the Council has no authority to instruct satnav operators that the route is unsuitable for HGVs”.

In the event of a weight restriction being imposed it will still contain the words “except for access” and if the HGV drivers believe it is their right to access the M56 via this route they will continue to try and the police will claim they do not have the manpower to enforce the order or take a prosecution through the courts.

Sorry to sound negative, but already been down a similar route (no pun intended) with Wirral Council which has no sympathy for residents and will be in fear of HGV drivers becoming litigious if the route is taken off them.
Having undertaken this monitoring the Council Officers will come out with the phrase “the traffic and size of vehicles on this road are not excessive for an urban route of this kind”. Or “it is up to the individual driver to assess the suitability of the route they take”. Or,” the Council has no authority to instruct satnav operators that the route is unsuitable for HGVs”. In the event of a weight restriction being imposed it will still contain the words “except for access” and if the HGV drivers believe it is their right to access the M56 via this route they will continue to try and the police will claim they do not have the manpower to enforce the order or take a prosecution through the courts. Sorry to sound negative, but already been down a similar route (no pun intended) with Wirral Council which has no sympathy for residents and will be in fear of HGV drivers becoming litigious if the route is taken off them. Growl Tiger
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3:58pm Fri 7 Mar 14

bigfoot says...

We have a similar problem with vehicles using our road to access the M53 and cut off the Woodchurch Road/Storeton Road lights. Some property on the road has had problems with settlement which I believe is exacerbated by road vehicle vibration.
We have a similar problem with vehicles using our road to access the M53 and cut off the Woodchurch Road/Storeton Road lights. Some property on the road has had problems with settlement which I believe is exacerbated by road vehicle vibration. bigfoot
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5:19pm Fri 7 Mar 14

ballacrain says...

The simple answer is,as there is a problem erect a sign as in Yorkshire.

Ballacrain
The simple answer is,as there is a problem erect a sign as in Yorkshire. Ballacrain ballacrain
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6:30pm Fri 7 Mar 14

bigfoot says...

ballacrain wrote:
The simple answer is,as there is a problem erect a sign as in Yorkshire.

Ballacrain
That may be confused with the utterly pointless monstrosities erect by the NHS telling us how many accidents have occurred! Which the Highways would prefer to do as they probably don't have to spend any thing to erect.
[quote][p][bold]ballacrain[/bold] wrote: The simple answer is,as there is a problem erect a sign as in Yorkshire. Ballacrain[/p][/quote]That may be confused with the utterly pointless monstrosities erect by the NHS telling us how many accidents have occurred! Which the Highways would prefer to do as they probably don't have to spend any thing to erect. bigfoot
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6:44pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Growl Tiger says...

ballacrain wrote:
The simple answer is,as there is a problem erect a sign as in Yorkshire.

Ballacrain
We asked for a sign we could put out showing "floods" on our road. Wirral Council cannot do this because the weight of the sign allegely is too heavy for us mortals to erect and would pose another health & sfety issue!
[quote][p][bold]ballacrain[/bold] wrote: The simple answer is,as there is a problem erect a sign as in Yorkshire. Ballacrain[/p][/quote]We asked for a sign we could put out showing "floods" on our road. Wirral Council cannot do this because the weight of the sign allegely is too heavy for us mortals to erect and would pose another health & sfety issue! Growl Tiger
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