Photo-a-Day (Wednesday, 21st June, 2017)
Martland Mill Bridge
Mick, I'm sure the traffic use to go over there many years ago before they built the new road.
When Im riding my bike under this bridge it always reminds me of a Wiganworld member know as Owd Dave, because I used to see him around this area walking his two little dogs but Ive not seem in for along time now.
Last I heard of him on Wiganworld was, him inviting people round to his house to help him drink is expensive bottles of Scotch.
I'm sure if you'd hung around long enough you'd have caught an arctic following his Satnav over the bridge....
Wish i'd a pound for every time i crossed that bridge "legless"
I too would often see him walking his Pugs when passing through, but haven't seen him for some time.
I didn't get an invite Mick, bet you were weaving all over the road biking it back home.
Dave is a friend of our..he still has the pugs,and he himself is as well as ever.
Rev Long, good HGV drivers have different Sat Navs to car/van drivers, this helps to stop ie, low bridges and wrong destination.
A friend of mine lives near Owd Dave and as far as I know he's fine.
Alf - if you travelled via Gathurst to Orrell with any frequency you'd see many a 'professional' driver having to make an alteration to his journey... like backing an arctic up all the way from the railway bridge to the school... or if you travelled into Wigan via Prescott Street, you'd be met by another 'professional' driver reversing back onto Frog Lane after suddenly seeing the low bridge sign....
I'm sure 'good HGV drivers' don't do these things - but maybe there are fewer 'good HGV drivers' around than you imagine.
I don't really blame them - Wigan doesn't have a proper HGV route into its industrial areas from the northern M6 - so artics have either to negotiate Standish with its horrendous queues and the tight turn at School Lane/ High Street/ Preston Road... or they risk causing chaos by going through Crooke - which should be banned to HGVs.
Time for the link from junction 27 to be built....
I remember that bridge being a single file wooden bridge.
They should put more freight on the railways and bring back sidings in order to load/unload goods onto smaller trucks for local deliveries. This would remove thousands of arctics off the roads. I'd also like to see, arctics restricted to the first lane of all motorways. Drives me crazy when one arctic tries to overtake another travelling at only a couple of mph less. It can take them 10 minutes (or more) to pass . In fact, some end up dropping back into the first lane as they run out of power. Its insanity and causes log-jams, frustration for other drivers and, definitely, numerous serious accidents. Many arctic drivers are no longer "Kings of the roads", but bullies.