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Drivers’ fury at bus lane ‘car trap’ that has damaged and written off ‘dozens’ of vehicles

Locals complain that as many as five motorists a week are caught out by the trap

Locals complain that as many as 5 motorists per week are caught out by the lure (Picture: SWNS)

Incensed drivers are blaming a neighborhood council after their vehicles have been caught in a lure designed to guard a bus lane which they declare is writing off their vehicles.

Individuals in St Ives, Cambridgeshire, have mentioned that as many as 5 motorists per week are caught within the carriageway lure which they declare is disguised by weeds.

The slit within the highway may be discovered on the junction of Station Highway and Harrison Approach and is supposed to cease autos whizzing by the bus lane.

The lure itself is a diagonal slit within the highway, 30cm deep that crosses nearly all of the carriageway.

Buses and vehicles which might be as extensive can drive down the lane with out falling in, however autos with smaller wheelbases can’t escape the lure.

The local council have limited sympathy for drivers caught in the trap

The native council have restricted sympathy for drivers caught within the lure (Picture: SWNS)

Regardless of locals’ protestations, the council has hit out at them saying that if they’ll’t see a “large gap within the floor” then they shouldn’t be driving in any respect.

The daughter of an 80-year-old motorist that not too long ago fell into the chasm says the ordeal has left each her mother and father “shaken and traumatised”.

She claims their automotive was significantly broken within the incident and they’re nonetheless discovering out whether or not or not it’s a write-off.

She insists her dad was certainly one of 5 drivers who fell into the lure final week.

The slits in St Ives

The slits in St Ives (Picture: Google)

She claims he is sufficiently in a position to be behind a wheel and easily misinterpreted the exit indicators main out of a carpark.

She defined: “He one way or the other ended up again in the identical automotive park once more.

“He mentioned the signage was poor and if he exited the identical means, he’d find yourself doing the identical factor. So he went a distinct means and ended up within the automotive lure.

“We all know of somebody of their 20s who has additionally gone into the lure – you possibly can’t argue that is due to my father’s age.

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Motorists moan that the slits are covered in weeds

Motorists moan that the slits are lined in weeds (Picture: Google)

“Contemplating the variety of incidents, there have to be one other technique to handle the junction that does not trigger this a lot injury to autos.”

One other enraged driver is Phillipa Parker, who drove into the opening final summer season, which she claimed to the council was stuffed with weeds.

She additionally blamed poor signposting on her falling in: “The indicators had been completely insufficient. Motorists had been driving as much as the junction whereas we had been ready for the restoration.

“If we weren’t there, they might’ve made the identical mistake. The abuse and terrible language individuals had been shouting as they handed us was additionally stunning.

“It left us with a really unhealthy impression of St Ives afterwards.”

Cllr Kevin Reynolds from Cambridgeshire County Council expressed little sympathy for motorists falling foul of the lure.

He mentioned: “If individuals driving alongside that highway can not see a giant gap within the floor in entrance of them then I might argue they would not have the ability to see a small baby.

“I might query whether or not they need to be behind the wheel in any respect.”

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