Drivers baffled by sign spelling blunder

DRIVERS heading for a busy road in Bury St Edmunds might think the stretch has changed its name because of a spelling blunder.

A new road sign, directing traffic along Bedingfeld Way in Bury St Edmunds, will be changed after sign-writers spelt the stretch “Bedingfled way”.

The large sign, which cost �486 and was fitted last Friday, was intended to divert traffic away from the quiet, residential Symonds Road along the broader Bedingfeld Way.

But residents were yesterday baffled to find the road name had been spelt incorrectly.

Trevor Beckwith, a St Edmundsbury Borough councillor for the estate, said: “It’s embarrassing.

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“You would have thought someone would have checked it.”

A spokeswoman for the borough council said the mistake had crept in at the sign-makers, who swapped the two letters in the borough’s correct artwork.

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“Normal practice is to check the sign on site, before they are lifted into place,” she said.

“In this case, the person who would have checked the sign was not on site.”

The sign-makers will be replacing the self-adhesive letters immediately free of charge, the spokeswoman added.

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