Warning — you’ve just driven under a low bridge

The Bolton News: The sign warns of the low bridge ahead, but is pointing the wrong way The sign warns of the low bridge ahead, but is pointing the wrong way

DRIVERS were confused this week after they came acoss a low bridge warning sign AFTER they had driven under a bridge.

The sign in Turton Road, Bromley Cross, is next to the railway bridge, close to Bromley Cross train station.

Some drivers thought the sign had been incorrectly sited by Bolton Council.

However, a council spokesman said: “The sign has been there for years facing the right way, but it appears that someone had turned the sign around.”

The sign is now facing in the correct direction again.


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6:51am Fri 6 Dec 13

Rememberscarborough says...

Why is it that some idiots think just turning a sign around is funny? More a sign of a pathetically sad individual with no life I'd say...
Why is it that some idiots think just turning a sign around is funny? More a sign of a pathetically sad individual with no life I'd say... Rememberscarborough

7:34am Fri 6 Dec 13

Bilulek says...

And why does someone think it's worth writing in paper about it?
And why does someone think it's worth writing in paper about it? Bilulek

8:14am Fri 6 Dec 13

mr.mark.c says...

Bilulek wrote:
And why does someone think it's worth writing in paper about it?
Because its the sort of think that removes the top deck from a bus, when the fools realise this they may not do it.
[quote][p][bold]Bilulek[/bold] wrote: And why does someone think it's worth writing in paper about it?[/p][/quote]Because its the sort of think that removes the top deck from a bus, when the fools realise this they may not do it. mr.mark.c

8:33am Fri 6 Dec 13

The Righteous One says...

mr.mark.c wrote:
Bilulek wrote:
And why does someone think it's worth writing in paper about it?
Because its the sort of think that removes the top deck from a bus, when the fools realise this they may not do it.
Or a high sided lorry getting stuck undethe bridge.

Both instances would require the closure of the bridge and the suspension of railway services along the line as well as closing a main thoroughfare through Bromley Cross!
[quote][p][bold]mr.mark.c[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bilulek[/bold] wrote: And why does someone think it's worth writing in paper about it?[/p][/quote]Because its the sort of think that removes the top deck from a bus, when the fools realise this they may not do it.[/p][/quote]Or a high sided lorry getting stuck undethe bridge. Both instances would require the closure of the bridge and the suspension of railway services along the line as well as closing a main thoroughfare through Bromley Cross! The Righteous One

9:38am Fri 6 Dec 13

George X says...

mr.mark.c wrote:
Bilulek wrote:
And why does someone think it's worth writing in paper about it?
Because its the sort of think that removes the top deck from a bus, when the fools realise this they may not do it.
If a bus driver can't see a big bridge looming large then i think a small sign isn't gonna help !!
[quote][p][bold]mr.mark.c[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bilulek[/bold] wrote: And why does someone think it's worth writing in paper about it?[/p][/quote]Because its the sort of think that removes the top deck from a bus, when the fools realise this they may not do it.[/p][/quote]If a bus driver can't see a big bridge looming large then i think a small sign isn't gonna help !! George X

9:38am Fri 6 Dec 13

Chrome1 says...

It's the sign of the times. Sorry.
It's the sign of the times. Sorry. Chrome1

9:40am Fri 6 Dec 13

MarkAllRead says...

Rememberscarborough wrote:
Why is it that some idiots think just turning a sign around is funny? More a sign of a pathetically sad individual with no life I'd say...
You sound like a bundle of laughs.
[quote][p][bold]Rememberscarborough[/bold] wrote: Why is it that some idiots think just turning a sign around is funny? More a sign of a pathetically sad individual with no life I'd say...[/p][/quote]You sound like a bundle of laughs. MarkAllRead

10:32am Fri 6 Dec 13

steveG says...

I was very disappointed when I found out it wasn't a mistake by the council.
I was very disappointed when I found out it wasn't a mistake by the council. steveG

11:22am Fri 6 Dec 13

NOTnewsworthy says...

I'll sleep tonight knowing that they have turned it back round
I'll sleep tonight knowing that they have turned it back round NOTnewsworthy

11:35am Fri 6 Dec 13

nozza17 says...

Bolton Council will probably spend £50,000 on CCTV to watch the sign now.
Bolton Council will probably spend £50,000 on CCTV to watch the sign now. nozza17

12:48pm Fri 6 Dec 13

filthy6 says...

nozza17 wrote:
Bolton Council will probably spend £50,000 on CCTV to watch the sign now.
They can't - its earmarked for consultants
[quote][p][bold]nozza17[/bold] wrote: Bolton Council will probably spend £50,000 on CCTV to watch the sign now.[/p][/quote]They can't - its earmarked for consultants filthy6

1:46pm Fri 6 Dec 13

LordLeverhulme says...

Are the BN running stories on all signs that have been turned round or fallen over ??
This could be the start of a very exciting feature.
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Who said local newspapers were doomed??
Are the BN running stories on all signs that have been turned round or fallen over ?? This could be the start of a very exciting feature. . Who said local newspapers were doomed?? LordLeverhulme

4:22pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Regulatory Man says...

A big assumption that someone turned it with mischievous or malicious intent. Severe weather might have done it if it was loose enough.

That said if a driver responsible for a vehicle of that size can't see that their vehicle is never going to get under it then as someone else pointed out - The sign isn't going to help really is it. Ironically given the benefit of the doubt and they do see the sign and realise ah, I can't get under that then the resulting chaos as they attempt to turn the vehicle around there, would be interesting indeed.
A big assumption that someone turned it with mischievous or malicious intent. Severe weather might have done it if it was loose enough. That said if a driver responsible for a vehicle of that size can't see that their vehicle is never going to get under it then as someone else pointed out - The sign isn't going to help really is it. Ironically given the benefit of the doubt and they do see the sign and realise ah, I can't get under that then the resulting chaos as they attempt to turn the vehicle around there, would be interesting indeed. Regulatory Man

4:28pm Fri 6 Dec 13

The Righteous One says...

Regulatory Man wrote:
A big assumption that someone turned it with mischievous or malicious intent. Severe weather might have done it if it was loose enough.

That said if a driver responsible for a vehicle of that size can't see that their vehicle is never going to get under it then as someone else pointed out - The sign isn't going to help really is it. Ironically given the benefit of the doubt and they do see the sign and realise ah, I can't get under that then the resulting chaos as they attempt to turn the vehicle around there, would be interesting indeed.
I remember quite often in the Greater Manchester Transport days (and in the GM Buses days (before it was bought out by First and Stagecaoch) buses did get stuck under the bridge and at least a couple of years ago a lorry also got stuck - so it does happen
[quote][p][bold]Regulatory Man[/bold] wrote: A big assumption that someone turned it with mischievous or malicious intent. Severe weather might have done it if it was loose enough. That said if a driver responsible for a vehicle of that size can't see that their vehicle is never going to get under it then as someone else pointed out - The sign isn't going to help really is it. Ironically given the benefit of the doubt and they do see the sign and realise ah, I can't get under that then the resulting chaos as they attempt to turn the vehicle around there, would be interesting indeed.[/p][/quote]I remember quite often in the Greater Manchester Transport days (and in the GM Buses days (before it was bought out by First and Stagecaoch) buses did get stuck under the bridge and at least a couple of years ago a lorry also got stuck - so it does happen The Righteous One

4:41pm Fri 6 Dec 13

mr.mark.c says...

The bridge is 14ft, a bus is about 14' 4", try judging that while driving.
The bridge is 14ft, a bus is about 14' 4", try judging that while driving. mr.mark.c

4:44pm Fri 6 Dec 13

brian jones says...

How many double decker buses are on that route? None, I'd say given that the bridge is too low.
How many double decker buses are on that route? None, I'd say given that the bridge is too low. brian jones

4:53pm Fri 6 Dec 13

mr.mark.c says...

It was just an example, why do people have to pick holes ?
It was just an example, why do people have to pick holes ? mr.mark.c

6:34pm Fri 6 Dec 13

wsw69 says...

The signs are there not just for local yokels but also for out of town people.

Anyone with experience of driving a HGV and buses will know that these signs are very important. It's not always easy to judge a height sitting in the drivers seat. I'd say most people, if asked to judge the height of a bridge, would be quite a way out if asked to have a guess at it.

All you idiots who can only make fun of such a seriously helpful sign that is there for ALL road users, all over the UK seriously need to get your fecking head inspected.

Obviously some thicko has thought it funny to turn the sign around.

I have never understood why we use round posts for mounting signs. Why not a square or triangular section to prevent the dim-witted idiots out there who think tricks like this are funny.
The signs are there not just for local yokels but also for out of town people. Anyone with experience of driving a HGV and buses will know that these signs are very important. It's not always easy to judge a height sitting in the drivers seat. I'd say most people, if asked to judge the height of a bridge, would be quite a way out if asked to have a guess at it. All you idiots who can only make fun of such a seriously helpful sign that is there for ALL road users, all over the UK seriously need to get your fecking head inspected. Obviously some thicko has thought it funny to turn the sign around. I have never understood why we use round posts for mounting signs. Why not a square or triangular section to prevent the dim-witted idiots out there who think tricks like this are funny. wsw69

7:26pm Fri 6 Dec 13

atlas123 says...

And in other news there is a street light out on Bradshawgate and a cracked paving slab on High Street

Non story really.

The fact the light is on the side of the post the sign should be gives some indication that the sign has moved.... possibly by the high wind we have recently had!
And in other news there is a street light out on Bradshawgate and a cracked paving slab on High Street Non story really. The fact the light is on the side of the post the sign should be gives some indication that the sign has moved.... possibly by the high wind we have recently had! atlas123

10:04pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Rememberscarborough says...

MarkAllRead wrote:
Rememberscarborough wrote:
Why is it that some idiots think just turning a sign around is funny? More a sign of a pathetically sad individual with no life I'd say...
You sound like a bundle of laughs.
I'm a Bolton fan - course I'm not a bundle of laughs!!
[quote][p][bold]MarkAllRead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rememberscarborough[/bold] wrote: Why is it that some idiots think just turning a sign around is funny? More a sign of a pathetically sad individual with no life I'd say...[/p][/quote]You sound like a bundle of laughs.[/p][/quote]I'm a Bolton fan - course I'm not a bundle of laughs!! Rememberscarborough

3:23pm Sat 7 Dec 13

MMHolmes says...

mr.mark.c wrote:
The bridge is 14ft, a bus is about 14' 4", try judging that while driving.
That would mean that every bus that tried going under it would get stuck.

Are you sure....?
[quote][p][bold]mr.mark.c[/bold] wrote: The bridge is 14ft, a bus is about 14' 4", try judging that while driving.[/p][/quote]That would mean that every bus that tried going under it would get stuck. Are you sure....? MMHolmes

1:25am Sun 8 Dec 13

tinypet says...

only single deckers go up there and lorrys do get under it
only single deckers go up there and lorrys do get under it tinypet

4:58pm Sun 8 Dec 13

BWFC71 says...

tinypet wrote:
only single deckers go up there and lorrys do get under it
But double deckers have accidentally been used in the past and can still happen again!!!

And it was only a couple or so years ago that the paper reported a lorry getting stuck under the bridge and causing chaos for road and rail users (rail because no trains could go over the bridge until it was declared safe!)
[quote][p][bold]tinypet[/bold] wrote: only single deckers go up there and lorrys do get under it[/p][/quote]But double deckers have accidentally been used in the past and can still happen again!!! And it was only a couple or so years ago that the paper reported a lorry getting stuck under the bridge and causing chaos for road and rail users (rail because no trains could go over the bridge until it was declared safe!) BWFC71

5:08pm Sun 8 Dec 13

mr.mark.c says...

Lets just say they removed the max headroom signs, who would be liable if the bridge got hit?
My car is 6'7" tall and wont go under most carpark barriers, maybe I should carry a tape measure and peeve everybody behind me off by checking myself before entering.
Imagine the same with very tall lorries just trying to deliver goods.
Lets just say they removed the max headroom signs, who would be liable if the bridge got hit? My car is 6'7" tall and wont go under most carpark barriers, maybe I should carry a tape measure and peeve everybody behind me off by checking myself before entering. Imagine the same with very tall lorries just trying to deliver goods. mr.mark.c

12:52pm Mon 9 Dec 13

JJKBolton says...

On the subject of signs, has anyone noticed around Bolton and surrounding towns, the number of abandoned sign post columns cluttering up pavements and making the area look like a scrap yard or an urban deforestation disaster zone, there must be hundreds maybe thousands of scrap poles around the borough.

Because this council always has a very good reason to do or not do anything, can we assume it is deliberate council policy to remove the information or sign and leave the redundant stump in the ground. perhaps some smart Alec from the council will say its just in case they need to put a new sign up in exactly the same spot a few years down the line, now why didnt I think of that?

Now a real job for Bolton News journalists to get out and about - go armed with your cameras and compile an album of redundant sign post columns around the borough - and then hand it in to the highways department, theyll love you for it, by the way the town hall is just across the way from your new offices and Im sure they will tell you where to go with the aid of a sign post no doubt. (don't be shy now).

Also, I seem to remember a few years ago, the council made a big splash about helping the disabled and visually impaired by locating lighting columns at the edge of the pavement OR against the wall.

Take a look at your handy work on Chorley New Road outside Queens Park gates - yes 3 brand new lighting columns bang smack in the middle of the pavement, they couldn't have done it better if they had used a tape measure and had their eyes wide open - oh!!! I'm so sorry you did????.
On the subject of signs, has anyone noticed around Bolton and surrounding towns, the number of abandoned sign post columns cluttering up pavements and making the area look like a scrap yard or an urban deforestation disaster zone, there must be hundreds maybe thousands of scrap poles around the borough. Because this council always has a very good reason to do or not do anything, can we assume it is deliberate council policy to remove the information or sign and leave the redundant stump in the ground. perhaps some smart Alec from the council will say its just in case they need to put a new sign up in exactly the same spot a few years down the line, now why didnt I think of that? Now a real job for Bolton News journalists to get out and about - go armed with your cameras and compile an album of redundant sign post columns around the borough - and then hand it in to the highways department, theyll love you for it, by the way the town hall is just across the way from your new offices and Im sure they will tell you where to go with the aid of a sign post no doubt. (don't be shy now). Also, I seem to remember a few years ago, the council made a big splash about helping the disabled and visually impaired by locating lighting columns at the edge of the pavement OR against the wall. Take a look at your handy work on Chorley New Road outside Queens Park gates - yes 3 brand new lighting columns bang smack in the middle of the pavement, they couldn't have done it better if they had used a tape measure and had their eyes wide open - oh!!! I'm so sorry you did????. JJKBolton

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