Appeal for action to make old road safer

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County highways chiefs are being urged to act to stop motorists getting stuck on a stretch of road near a major Spalding bypass.

Vehicles are still getting stuck in mud on a short stretch of the old B1173 Cowbit Road, near the A16 bypass.

A Pinchbeck resident, who asked not to be named, said sat nav systems were directing motorists to use the road at night only to find themselves getting stuck in mud.

“I can’t believe how dangerous the road is and a few weeks ago, I helped a nurse from Corby who ended up damaging the wheels of her car after she got stuck in the mud,” the resident said.

“But even people who know the road are getting stuck there at night because their sat systems say it’s alright to drive down there and when they see the street lights in front of them, it gives them the sense that it’s perfectly safe.

“Lincolnshire County Council is aware of the problem and it can be rectified by putting up a crash barrier at both ends of the road.”

Maxine Stukins, the council’s senior highways officer, said: “We’ve received reports that some cars have got stuck on this old section of road because they’ve missed the two warning signs already placed there or they’ve been misdirected by their sat nav system.

“The road layout changed several years ago when the new bypass was opened but some sat-nav systems may still display the old route.

“We recommend that drivers regularly update their sat-navs and always take heed of road signs.”