Sat-navs to become village friendly

Villagers in Somerset and Suffolk will be breathing a sigh of relief after their local councils announced they are to provide truck-friendly maps for satellite navigation systems.

Somerset County Council is introducing specific roads highlighting preferred HGV routes and alternatives which have restrictions such as low bridges.

Many rural villages have had to cope with an increase in traffic problems since the number of people using sat-navs has soared.

Barrow Gurney saw more than 10,000 vehicles a day using the village as a rat run to Bristol airport. Elsewhere, the village of Charlcombe, near Bath, had a 44-tonne truck wedged for four days on one of its roads last September. But, thanks to the new system, seeing freight vehicles on country lanes may be a thing of the past.

Somerset County Council and Suffolk County Council are piloting the County and Regional Freight Maps.

The council has met with the Department for Transport officials in Westminster to discuss its ideas and the maps will soon be available for hauliers to upload.

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