Lorries getting ‘stuck’ trying to avoid notorious railway bridge

People living in Grantham claim lorry drivers are regularly driving the wrong way down a one-way street in the town due to a nightmare bridge. Residents say they believe lorries are trying to avoid the railway bridge on Harlaxton Road, which was listed as one of the most bashed in the county, and end up having to turn around on Springfield Road. The latest incident came on Thursday at around 3.30pm and was spotted by photographer Roger Mortiss.

Cat Hickling, manager at Wellies Fish and Chip Shop said: “It happens more often than you know.

Even with the signs lorries still drive down here. “I think I saw the one that got stuck, but yeah it happens a lot more than people might expect.” Roger Mortiss, the local photographer who spotted this incident, said: “It’s a common occurrence, especially when the A1 is shut.

“The driver has got to the bridge and has had to back up and reverse. “It causes chaos, especially at that time of day as it was school time, around 3.30pm. It’s seriously busy down there anyway.

However, Turners Ltd has said the lorry in question was not being driven by a Turners driver or an agency driver employed by the company. A spokesperson said: “If it was a Turners truck and employed driver, or even an Agency driver employed to drive a Turners truck, then we would have full responsibility for this incident and drivers mistake. But in this case the responsibility lies with the owner of the truck pulling the trailer and the driver employed by that company.

So in this instance we are powerless to control the actions of the driver or take any responsibility for their actions. “However what we did find out was that this was a genuine mistake on the driver’s part. Yes he should know and understand a “no entry” sign but once committed he then has to take the choice to manoeuvre from the road in the safest possible manner.

This I believe he did, but please take into account turning a 13.5 metre trailer around is no easy task when you are width-restricted by parked cars and narrow roads – hence why it has a no entry sign. “Driver safety and compliance to the laws of the road are something we take very seriously within Turners and use the latest technology to monitor drivers performance and safe driving, hence the reason why we are providing this information and statement for you. “We work very closely with local Parish council groups, where suppliers or customers require deliveries, to adhere to speed limits, use the correct roads and avoid areas of concern for residents.

So if this incident did involve a Turners employed driver and truck, a full investigation and review would have taken place.”

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