Lorry load of wrong turns

PUBLISHED: 12:56 01 February 2008 | UPDATED: 11:40 29 April 2010

WRONG TURN: The De Havilland Road junction near the traffic lights at the Lynn Road crossing that cause lorry drivers to drive into the cul-de-sac.

WRONG TURN: The De Havilland Road junction near the traffic lights at the Lynn Road crossing that cause lorry drivers to drive into the cul-de-sac.

LORRIES travelling to a Fenland factory have been mis-directed into a housing estate for more than a year, leaving a trail of destruction in their wake. Residents of Oakroyd Crescent, Wisbech, have now launched a petition in a bid to stop the articulated

FRANK AWBERY: “We don’t need the hassle”

LORRIES travelling to a Fenland factory have been mis-directed into a housing estate for more than a year, leaving a trail of destruction in their wake.

Residents of Oakroyd Crescent, Wisbech, have now launched a petition in a bid to stop the articulated lorries getting stuck in their estate.

Frank Awbery, leading the protests, said residents want signage improved and a weight limit banning vehicles more than seven tonnes using Dehavilland Road, which leads to Oakroyd Crescent.

"Most of the people who live around here are pensioners and we don't need the hassle," he said.

In the last 12 months brick walls have been demolished and a number of cars hit by lorries heading for the Premier Foods factory in Mountpleasant Road.

They normally travel via Bedford Street and Nene Parade but, with works on the Nene Waterfront project, they have to get to the factory via Lynn Road.

Mr Awbery, 71, a retired lorry driver, said: "Their instructions are to turn left at the traffic lights, but when they travel along Lynn Road they see the pedestrian crossing at the top of Dehavilland Road and turn left, leading to here.

"They also use satellite navigations which says to take the second left off Freedom Bridge roundabout. Counting Chase Street, Dehavilland Road is the second.

"There are signs saying this is a dead end, but one is hidden amongst trees and the other one is at a weird angle as if it has been hit."

A Cambridgeshire County Council spokesman said: "A highways supervisor will go and check the dead-end signs and make sure any work is carried out that needs to be.

"We have also contacted Premier Foods and are in the process of asking them to make sure their customers know not to go down that road.

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