Librarian expresses her fears over lorry U-turns

PUBLISHED: 11:00 15 October 2015

Honiton Library supervisor Linda Isaacson has concerns over the lack of early height warnings signs for the railway bridge on New Street.  Ref mhh 3424-42-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Honiton Library supervisor Linda Isaacson has concerns over the lack of early height warnings signs for the railway bridge on New Street. Ref mhh 3424-42-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

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Honiton Library supervisor Linda is appealing for a sign to be placed in High Street notifying lorry drivers of the low railway bridge at the end of New Street.

Warnings too late? The railway bridge on New Street in Honiton.  Ref mhh 3429-42-15SH. Picture: Simon HornWarnings too late? The railway bridge on New Street in Honiton. Ref mhh 3429-42-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

The supervisor of Honiton Library is appealing for a sign to be placed in High Street notifying lorry drivers of the low railway bridge at the end of New Street.

Linda Isaacson says the lack of signage results in lorries and heavy goods vehicles having to make an improvised U-turn in the narrow street when approaching the bridge.

The result usually sees vehicles backing up on to the library’s forecourt – a move which Miss Isaacson believes could end in tragedy.

She says that although there are two signs stating a 14’-0’’ limit just before the bridge, the lorries only see them when it is too late.

Devon County Council, which is responsible for Honiton’s roads, says it will start monitoring the situation. Speaking to the Herald, Miss Isaacson said: “This sort of thing is happening on a daily basis – and they are quite big lorries.

“They pull in when they try and reverse into the car park to get back onto High Street.”

Despite no incident having happened yet, Miss Isaacson believes the problem could culminate in a serious accident.

She says a lot of elderly people and parents with their children use the library - and they walk along the path onto which the lorries reverse.

The street is also used by schoolchildren, who Miss Isaacson sees regularly running up and down its narrow pathways.

Last week, Miss Isaacson added, a lorry reversed so far onto the forecourt that she was scared it would hit the front of the library.

“It was when New Street had temporary traffic lights by our plinths,” she said. “A lorry came up the road to the part which narrows by our plinths. The driver realised he could not get under the bridge, which was further up, so reversed back a bit while turning.

“Because there were cars behind the lorry, it pulled in right up onto the library forecourt to try and get around. It was quite scary when you see a lorry coming towards the library. He pulled in furthest in the forecourt I have ever seen, and it happens very regularly.”

A Devon County Council spokesman said: “This issue has not been raised with us previously, but we will monitor the situation.”

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