Thursday, 6 September 2007
Sat nav road to nowhere
Continental truckers are being led astray in Longendale - and locals are blaming their Sat Navs!Sixteen wheeled lorries are ending up on roads made for horses and carts as drivers follow the eye in the sky technology.And up on farm tracks with nowhere to go.There have been reports of truckers eye balling each other as they come face to face on narrow country lanes.Of lorries riding pavements to squeeze a way through.And drivers desperately trying to reverse and turn around on less than wide roads.Result? People in Mottram and Broadbottom fearing an accident!Villager Janet Gould has seen juggernauts jockeying for space after realising they are on the wrong road.She said: “Really big HGVs are going up Church Brow (Mottram), across the Mudd and coming down Gorsey Brow (Broadbottom).“I often wonder where they are trying to get too!”Janet reckons one way to beat the high tech sat navs is low tech road signs.And she’s pressing Longdendale and Hattersley District Assembly to put them up at the entrance to Mottram.Possibly with a weight restriction they could warn truckers they are on the road to nowhere.With more and more companies relying on satellite navigations for their trucks the suitation could get worse.Although British drivers are getting lost in Longdendale, it’s worse for truckers from across the Channel.They arrive in the UK, switch on the sat. nav and if journey’s end is around here, they could end up in a farm yard or drive near you.