Oops! New roundabout signs send drivers the wrong way just days after similar gaffe
For the second time this week, drivers are being sent in the wrong direction after officials installed the wrong signs on a popular Grimsby road. Two signs on the Catch Roundabout to the A180 have been installed incorrectly – and it hasn’t taken drivers long to spot the blunder. Drivers wanting to head towards Grimsby from the Catch Roundabout, on the AA173 Stallingborough, are being sign-posted to Immingham Docks instead.
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Two signs on the Catch Roundabout to the A180 have been installed incorrectly – and it hasn’t taken drivers long to spot the blunder.
Similarly, motorists wanting to drive to Immingham Docks are instead being directed towards Grimsby. Motorist Eden Shields said: “I couldn’t believe it when I first saw them – I had to have a double take. “It’s very confusing for foreign drivers if you’ve just come off the docks.
“They have been over a year trying to fix and improve the new business park yet it’s really not well-designed.”
Eden shared a picture of the “utter madness” on Grimsby Traffic and Travel on Facebook, saying “Shiny new signs gone up on the A1173 Stallingborough. Top marks.”
Eden shared a picture of the “utter madness” on Grimsby Traffic and Travel on Facebook, saying “Shiny new signs gone up on the A1173 Stallingborough.
Top marks.” One user said: “I was looking and thinking ‘Hang on – aren’t they the wrong way around?’. Other motorists have been questioning the road layout altogether, stating “that roundabout is ridiculous.”
The wrong road markings were painted at the A16 Toll Bar Roundabout. (This has now been changed) (Image: submitted by Rob Burkitt)
They added: “There will be cars getting crushed by trucks.
No need for two lanes either side.” In agreement, another person said: “Why make the roundabout so big? If it was smaller, trucks would have a safer road to use instead of going into the other lane.
No serious thought went into the layout.” The mistake has now been rectified. A spokesman for Engie, North East Lincolnshire Council’s regeneration partner managing the project, said work to rectify signage on the new A1173 roundabout was completed this afternoon (Sunday), after being reported to the main project contractor, CR Reynolds, earlier in the day.
“The firm wishes to apologise for the error, which was made when two large highway signs directing people to and from Immingham and the A180 were installed incorrectly. The work has been carried out at no cost to the Council. ” he added.
Road markings at the A16 Toll Bar Roundabout relaid to give the correct lane for motorists
“In addition, we’ll be reviewing the processes and procedures in place to minimise the chances of anything similar happening in future.” It comes just four days after the wrong road markings were painted at the A16 Toll Bar Roundabout.
The roundabout was reopened to traffic after a week-long closure due to the new road markings. But they did not match the new roundabout lane sign when it was initially installed, sending traffic in different directions. Pedestrian Rob Burkitt submitted a photograph to Grimsby Live and warned a collision could happen.
He said: “I’ve just walked past. It’s all open finally but how long before we see an accident?”
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“The sign on the post is directing traffic straight on and right being in the middle lane but the arrows on the road say different. “The left hand arrow on the road says left to Holton-le-Clay but on the sign it says straight on to Waltham and Holton.
I think something is wrong here and someone will collide.”
Contractors repainted road markings overnight on Wednesday to match the new road sign.