Google Maps mix up over road closure
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.