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Heavy haulage lorry blocks Leek road

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: May 08, 2014

By Leslie Jackson

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LEEK was brought to a virtual standstill when a large heavy haulage vehicle could not negotiate a way through the town centre's new road network.

Due to the space between the new pedestrian crossing and the kerb in Haywood Street, the large vehicle was unable to get through.

It then had to reverse back to the front of the Nicholson War Memorial and take a left turn into Ashbourne Road.

Leek lorry driver Mike Mothershaw watched the incident unfold on Tuesday.

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He said: "I said the day would come when a heavy haulage vehicle would not get through the town as I knew the gap was not bigger enough.

"The road is too narrow. When the co-driver of the large vehicle realised they could not get through they were forced to reverse up the road.

"Traffic had to be diverted and vehicles going down Haywood Street had to go around the pedestrian crossing on the wrong side. It caused chaos for some time.

"I told councillors that there was not adequate space along the road at the start, but no-one took any notice." The picture above was taken by Post & Times reader John Bridgett, of Leek. See Letters to the Editor, Page 28.

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