Sat navs blamed as lorries cause traffic chaos at bridge

Satellite navigation systems have been blamed for lorries getting stuck at a low railway bridge, leading to traffic problems.

There have been several incidents of vehicles reaching the bridge on Wigan Road, Euxton, near Chorley, and having to stop traffic while they turn around.

A lorry stranded on Wigan Road, Euxton, after approaching the low railway bridge

A lorry stranded on Wigan Road, Euxton, after approaching the low railway bridge

The most recent was on Thursday evening, when long queues formed after a lorry reached the bridge and had to reverse.

Euxton North councillor Danny Gee believes drivers are being directed along Wigan Road to the M6 motorway in Leyland.

He said: “A wagon driver has a deadline to keep and could be in a place they have never been before.

“They need the sat nav - they’re an essential part of the job - but it’s something you should use as an aid to help you, not rely on 100 per cent.”

“They need the sat nav - they’re an essential part of the job - but it’s something you should use as an aid to help you, not rely on 100 per cent.”

Coun Danny Gee, Euxton North councillor

Coun Gee also said signs warning of the height restriction needed to be improved.

“It’s a small sign with lots of shrubs around it and can be easily missed,” he said.

County Coun Mark Perks, whose ward includes Euxton, said: “Drivers of HGVs need to both read the highway signs and bridge signs rather than just follow their sat nav or use what they think is the quickest route.”

A spokesman for Lancashire County Council said they liaise with satellite navigation companies based in the UK and ask them to steer drivers away, but it would be difficult to liaise with all companies.

He added: “We are going to send somebody out to check the sign to see if it is being obstructed.”