Satnav plea over Ottery to Sidmouth stretch

PUBLISHED: 13:12 16 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:15 17 June 2010

A BUSY stretch of road linking Sidmouth to Ottery St Mary needs to be stricken from satnav systems according to a county councillor.

A BUSY stretch of road linking Sidmouth to Ottery St Mary needs to be stricken from satnav systems according to a county councillor.

Roger Giles is concerned by the increasing number of large vehicles using the C808, which runs from The Bowd Inn to Ottery, and has labeled it "totally unsuitable for such usage".

He said: "There have been several incidents, including a fatality involving a coach in Wiggaton, and an instance where a coach on its way from Sidmouth College to The King's School became completely stuck for some hours."

An 'unsuitable for wide vehicles' sign was installed at The Bowd Inn on its junction with the A3052 road three years ago.

However, Cllr Giles added: "Since then the situation appears to have worsened, possibly as a result of increased SATNAV usage. I asked that an item be included on the agenda of the Highways and Traffic Orders Committee (HATOC) meeting in December."

At the meeting officers agreed to consider the implications of restricting HGVs using the stretch and to ensure it is included in a county-wide investigation into removing troublesome routes from satnav systems.

Concerns were echoed by Ottery town councilor John Harding at a meeting last week who said traffic woes would be exacerbated by ongoing works and temporary traffic lights on the road near Tipton St John.

A county council spokeswoman said: "The works are required because there was some subsidence following floods on December 13. An officer is drawing up the design for structural plans and will be putting the works out to tender.


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