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Bid to end lorry sat-nav madness in Helston

By WBGraeme  |  Posted: November 01, 2013

  • A lorry on Penhellaz Hill in Helston

  • A lorry on Penhellaz Hill in Helston

  • A lorry on the narrow section of Cross Street in Helston

  • An ambulance stuck on Cross Street, Helston.

  • Congestion in Cross Street, Helston

  • A large lorry is stopped in Cross Street in Helston.

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DRIVERS could be told to ignore their sat-navs, in a bid to stop massive lorries getting jammed in the narrow streets of Helston.

James Buchanan, who has campaigned about traffic in Cross Street, said there was no need for commercial vehicles to cut through the town as a short-cut.

He has compiled a series of pictures of jams that he hopes will urge Cornwall Council to take action.

Cornwall councillor Judith Haycock said she was discussing with council officers a plan to put up warning signs for driver.

She said the signs could advise heavy goods lorries not to follow their sat-nav instructions - similar to a scheme redirecting drivers onto the A30 near Redruth.

She said there was already a ban on lorries over 7.5 tons in the town centre, except for deliveries, but admitted more could be done.

Mr Buchanan said: “This has been going on for years. The latest incident was a 20-ton lorry which hit a lamppost in Cross Street.

”You often see vehicles that have got stuck and have to back up. The thing about these large lorries is the damage they cause.”

He said large vehicles in Coinagehall Street turn into Church Street and Cross Street, as a route back to the A394 Penzance Road.

Vehicles cutting down from Water-Ma-Trout also have to pass Helston College and the narrow road at the top of Church Street.

He added: “The reality is however, that the biggest problem is not the occasional 40-ton lorry, but its the van drivers from Water-Ma-Trout estate.

“There is also all the local traffic that uses Cross Street as a rat run.”

He said staggered parking in Cross Street would slow vehicles down and deter motorists.

Cornwall Council undertook an extensive traffic survey in the summer although the results have not yet been announced. The amount of traffic was measured entering and leaving the town at certain points in August.

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