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Sat Nav Mystery Tour STUCK in Rosemary Lane! – STROAT + FoD:

Posted by Greg Lance - Watkins (Greg_L-W) on 26/08/2006

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Sat Nav Mystery Tour STUCK in Rosemary Lane! – STROAT + FoD:. 

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Pensioners in sat-nav mystery tour

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By Richard Savill

12:01AM BST 26 Aug 2006

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Modern technology has failed a group of pensioners who were stranded for almost four hours when a satellite navigation system directed their coach down an impassable country lane.

The group of 30 pensioners, some of them in wheelchairs, missed out on a pub lunch after their coach became stuck between steep grass banks on a sharp bend.

A farmer gave them tea and biscuits and allowed them to use his lavatory as the driver tried to find a way out of the single-track lane.

Eventually the only solution was to drive the coach across three recently harvested fields to rejoin the main road.

”When the coach first got stuck it was impossible for anyone to get out because it was jammed against high embankments on either side,” said Ian McDonald, 70, a retired transport manager, who lives nearby. ”It had to be reversed to the entrance to the farmhouse just so the passengers could get off and be looked after.

”There was all sorts of shunting and shoving until it was finally in a position where it could turn into the fields and drive across the straw stubble to the main road.”

Residents said that the episode was the latest in a series of satellite navigation blunders on the unclassified road near the village of Stroat in the Forest of Dean, Glos. Cars towing caravans and trailers have also been stuck.

The satellite navigation system recognises Rosemary Lane as a short cut between the main Coleford road through the Forest of Dean and the A48 Gloucester to Chepstow road. “The lane is totally unsuitable for big vehicles,” said Mr McDonald. ”The lady driver was using a handheld sat-nav. As you enter the lane from the top it is quite deceptive. It seems fairly open and straight and two cars could just about squeeze past each other. But within 100 yards or so it suddenly becomes very steep and narrow. It looks like she just must have panicked and tried to carry on.”

Patricia Whitehead, 69, who lives at the bottom of the lane, said: “People just seem to blindly believe the sat-nav. It just goes to show that technology does not always know best.”

The pensioners, from Bristol, had chartered the coach to take them for lunch at the Miner’s Arms in Sling, Glos. Instead they ate later in the day at a garden centre cafe. A senior driver for the Buglers coach company in Bristol, who went to assist in the rescue, said his younger colleague had “simply missed her turn” and let her “inexperience get the better of her”.

He said: “She put her destination into the sat-nav to bring up an alternative route and it sent her down the lane. As she made her way down the lane she began to realise she may be in a spot of bother but instead of stopping when she should, she tried to press on. We all make mistakes.”

• Whittingham parish council in Lancashire has asked satellite navigation manufacturers to update their systems because HGV drivers are turning round in three lanes to avoid getting stuck.

Householders have complained that lorries are attempting three-point turns in their drives.

richard.savill@telegraph.co.uk

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STROAT + FoD: Sat Nav Strands Coach in Rosemary Lane!

Posted by Greg Lance - Watkins (Greg_L-W) on 25/08/2006

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Sat Nav Strands Coach in Rosemary Lane!
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Pensioners stranded for four hours after sat nav sends coach down narrow country lane

Last updated at 14:43 25 August 2006

The coach gets wedged in a narrow country lane before driving across three fields. Click on the picture to enlarge

A coachload of pensioners were sent on an expected tour of the countryside after satellite navigation sent them down a narrow country lane and across three fields.

The day-trippers were stuck for nearly four hours on the bus after it became wedged down the winding single track in Stroat, near Lydney, Gloucestershire.

The woman coach driver had been directed down Rosemary Lane after it flashed up as the quickest route between Coleford and the A48, near Chepstow, on her sat nav system.

Despite the efforts of at least five local people, who waved frantically at the driver to warn her she was heading for a lengthy delay, she carried on regardless – trusting that her gadget knew best.

But the coach, which belongs to Bristol-based firm Buglers, soon came a cropper in the large hedges overhanging the lane and became firmly wedged on both sides.

The fed-up day-trippers from Bristol, who were looking forward to lunch at a country pub, were invited in for tea and a lavatory break by a sympathetic couple living on the lane.

A farmer finally came to the embarrassed coach driver’s rescue and towed the bus out of the bushes.

But with no room to attach a wing mirror and more than a mile to reverse back to the main road, the driver was told to take a cross-country route back to the safety of the A48.

The pensioners were then treated to a scenic view of the Forest of Dean as they mowed through three fields of recently harvested barley.

Tanice Richards, 65, who lives on the lane, said: “The coach came up from Bristol, across the old Severn Bridge and across the A48 and directly up Rosemary Lane.

“About five people tried to stop the lady coming up the lane, but she carried on and got stuck about a mile up.

“They were there for about four hours. Then a farmer had to retrieve them by pulling them backwards a little way.

“Then the farmer opened the gates to the fields and they went across them back to the A48.

“It was a bizarre sight.”

Locals have complained that the quiet lane regularly attracts unsuspecting holidaymakers towing caravans, lorry drivers and white vans looking for a short cut on their sat navs.

Ian McDonald, 70, a retired transport manager who lives on Rosemary Lane, said he had written to the council and his local MP Mark Harper to try to get the problem resolved.

He also wants sat-nav companies to update their records to avoid any repeats of the chaotic scenes, which are now commonplace on the lane.

“This wasn’t a one-off and it’s been happening for about two years,” he said.

“We can only assume that these sat nav systems are telling drivers that our road is the quickest or shortest route from Chepstow, which it isn’t.

“It’s a ridiculous situation when you have a coachload of pensioners being driven over fields.”

Buglers, the coach firm responsible for the off-road adventure said today it would not be commenting on the mapping mishap.

The pensioners’ countryside tour is the latest in a series of sat nav disasters.

Earlier this year it emerged that drivers following satellite navigation systems through a North Yorkshire village called Crackpot have been directed along a track at the edge of a 100ft cliff.

Hapless drivers with blind faith in the gadgets’ ability to get them from A to B have also been directed straight into the river Avon in the Wiltshire village of Luckington.

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