Hadleigh council wants sat navs updated to stop lorries getting stuck in narrow and historic streets

Call for SatNav update

Call for SatNav update - Credit: PA

Lorry drivers are still ignoring signs and driving into the centre of Hadleigh, despite signs advising them to bypass the town.

Now Hadleigh Town Council (HTC) is taking action to try and reduce the number of large lorries accidentally using its narrow and historic streets.

The town sees heavy goods vehicles travelling to and from places such as the Lady Lane Industrial Estate.

Benton Street, in the south of the town, eventually joins the A12, but also has a weight restriction.

Earlier this year new signs were erected to reinforce this restriction but a problem still remained.


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Sue Monks, who lives in Benton Street and is also a Hadleigh town councillor, said: “A lot of the trucks were coming down Benton Street to come into Hadleigh and there wasn’t enough signage on the A12 to say there was a weight restriction.

“By the time they got down to Four Sisters it was too late and they carried on into Hadleigh.

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“We were pushing to get more signage up on the A12 and it was done in the summer.”

However Mrs Monks said when lorry drivers still using the route got stopped by police they said their sat navs had sent them that way.

“We want them to follow the new signs which would bypass Hadleigh and go in via Ipswich,” Mrs Monks added.

In order to make sure drivers go the right way HTC is writing to GeoPlace, which manages data about roads and addresses and passes it on to sat nav companies, to inform them of the change.

Mrs Monks said she thought there must be a system for doing this automatically when new signs are erected, but it was not happening quickly enough to benefit Hadleigh.

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