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Unauthorised traffic sign removed
WILTSHIRE Council has removed an unauthorised sign that was confusing motorists and adding to the traffic problems coming into Salisbury.
A banner was put up near the railway bridge on Petersfinger Road, near the Southampton Road branch of Tesco. It misinformed motorists that the road was not open to through traffic and they should turn around and go back on the main road.
The sign also told motorists that their sat navs were wrong despite a legitimate road sign on the A36 which directs Laverstock traffic along the road.
It warned that a single track road and residential area with height, weight and width restrictions lay ahead and that vehicles should turn back.
For motorists unfamiliar with the city, the sign caused immediate problems, with confused drivers trying to turn around in the narrow road and rejoin the A36.
Petersfinger Road – which leads to Milford and Laverstock, allowing people to bypass the traffic-choked Southampton Road and Salisbury ring road – has long been described as a rat-run.
Residents have protested about the number of vehicles that use the narrow road, and speed restrictions and warning signs have been put in place.
Wiltshire Council officers removed the sign on Friday.
A spokesman said: “The council does have the right to remove unauthorised posters and placards without giving notice when the person who has put it up cannot be identified. “If local people have concerns about roads in their area they should contact their local area board for the issue to be discussed further.”
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