Google Maps mix up over road clo­sure

Loughborough Echo - - NEWS - DAVID GODSALL david.godsall@reach­plc.com

DRIV­ERS have been sent miles out of their way by Google Maps - which has been show­ing for over a month that a main route into Lough­bor­ough was closed.

Google Maps, which fea­tures a sat nav fea­ture for mo­bile phones to en­able peo­ple to plot their routes, has been claim­ing that the A6 London Road, be­tween the dual car­riage­way near Hath­ern and the road into Keg­worth, is closed.

Nu­mer­ous re­ports of the prob­lem were made to Google, which seemed to clear the prob­lem a few hours later - but then the clo­sure ap­peared again the fol­low­ing day.

This meant that the sat nav op­tion of Google Maps ef­fec­tively ig­nored that as a route from Lough­bor­ough north­wards - and had been send­ing mo­torists ei­ther west to the M1, or east through the vil­lages, such as Stan­ford on Soar and past West Leake.

Work has been on­go­ing on that stretch of road for months, while work is car­ried out on the new Keg- worth by­pass, but that only in­volves off-peak traf­fic lights - the road is open at all other times.

Overnight clo­sures on the stretch are in ef­fect from Mon­day, June 11, un­til Thurs­day, June 14, be­tween 8pm and 6am.

The Echo has bom­barded Google with re­ports of the prob­lem - all to no avail. How­ever it ap­pears the is­sue was fi­nally rec­ti­fied this week, as the road ap­pears now as be­ing open, but with road­works.

Google Maps was ap­proached for a com­ment, but noth­ing had been re­ceived as we went to press.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.