LABOUR COUNCILLOR WELCOMES ORDNANCE SURVEY HGV PROJECT BUT CALLS FOR WARNING SIGNS
Labour town councillor David Williams has welcomed plans announced by the Ordnance Survey to provide a database of HGV-friendly information, including weight restrictions and bridge heights, which could see a reduction in the number of high-sided vehicles getting stuck in Middlewich.
Cllr Williams said, "I welcome the Ordnance Survey getting to grips with sat nav mapping. A stark example of where these errors make people's lives a misery is in our own town.
"Many sat navs show Nantwich Road going over the canal, not under it. So high vehicle drivers are not made aware that there is a low aqueduct they cannot pass under on the route they are following.
"So this OS project cannot come soon enough, but in the meantime I would like to see Middlewich Town Council buy 'do not follow sat nav' signs for Nantwich Road to warn drivers. We have the budget for road signage and I cannot think of a better use for the money."
A link detailing the Ordnance Survey plans: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-37703556
A recent example of an HGV stuck under the aqueduct (warning - strong language): http://www.middlewichguardian.co.uk/news/14742471.VIDEO__Lorry_tears_its_trailer_after_becoming_stuck_under_Nantwich_Road_aqueduct