A NEW mapping system could help solve the problems of large lorries stuck on Huddersfield’s narrow lanes.
That’s the view of Clr Martyn Bolt, who has had to deal with several complaints about lorries, often directed via satellite navigation systems.
Kirklees Council’s Cabinet member for roads welcomed improved mapping information aimed at enabling companies and owners of large lorries to better plan their journeys to avoid using narrow, rural and village roads.
Clr Bolt said that Ordnance Survey had recently included more information on its base mapping system about weight and height restrictions as part of information highlighting different types of roads.
He said: “There are many publishing companies licensed to use Ordnance Survey data when producing map books and street guides.
“The addition of information to the OS mapping base is to be welcomed, and having raised the issue with them I am advised that they update their base maps and add features as and when they develop.
“There is a lot of concern both locally and nationally about the growing number of large lorries, and heavy goods vehicles using roads that are not appropriate for the size of the vehicle.
By using these roads they are seriously increasing road safety dangers, damaging roads, and disrupting local communities.
“The added worry now is that many are using satellite navigation systems designed for cars, and not large lorries.
“I look forward to continued improvements to mapping systems and urge companies who use large lorries to use this.”