Sat navs strike again in Northmoor Green

Bridgwater Mercury: Villagers Maria Maye and Kate Symonds warn drivers not to follow their sat navs in Northmoor Green. Photo: Jeff Searle Villagers Maria Maye and Kate Symonds warn drivers not to follow their sat navs in Northmoor Green. Photo: Jeff Searle

FRUSTRATED villagers are warning motorists not to rely too much on their Sat Navs after confused summer drivers were finding themselves stuck on a river bank.

Signs have been put up throughout Northmoor Green warning people not to follow their navigation devices, which try to guide drivers down a narrow road next to the River Parrett, toward a dead end.

Kate Symonds, from Northmoor Green, said: “Every now and then we get large vehicles, including cars and lorries, stuck on the river bank.

“They’ve followed their sat navs thinking it’s a proper road along the river, when it’s actually very narrow and leads to a dead end. We’ve even had a gas tanker stuck there in the past.

“There are about three official signs in place to warn people, but they still get stuck down there.

“It’s caused quite a bit of chaos for residents, especially if the motorway is blocked and people are trying to find alternate routes. It’s usually more of a problem in the summer, with tourists, as the motorway gets blocked more then.”

Maria Maye, from Fordgate, has also noticed the problem. She told the Mercury: “It starts just opposite the church as if you’re going from Huntworth to Burrowbridge.

“There’s a signpost which point different directions, with one branch which says Northmoor Green. Only if you follow it, it just leads to a dead end.

“People keep follow their sat navs down there so some of the villagers put up a sign to warn people.”

Wayward sat navs are not a new problem for Sedgemoor, as the Mercury reported here when a lorry got wedged in a narrow lane in Combwich after the driver followed his sat nav.

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9:34am Thu 6 Sep 12

RustyKnight says...

When are the people who produce the maps going to do something about this?

I use NavFree which is a free Android app, it uses maps from openstreetmap.org which can be edited by anyone.

I found a few "roads" around Bridgwater which weren't actually roads and changed them.
When are the people who produce the maps going to do something about this? I use NavFree which is a free Android app, it uses maps from openstreetmap.org which can be edited by anyone. I found a few "roads" around Bridgwater which weren't actually roads and changed them. RustyKnight

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