Video and photo gallery: Lorry gets stuck between bollards in Norwich Lanes

A lorry is trapped between two bollards on Opie Street, Norwich. Photo: Steve Adams A lorry is trapped between two bollards on Opie Street, Norwich. Photo: Steve Adams

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
1:02 PM

A lorry got stuck between bollards in Norwich’s London Street as the driver tried to turn a corner this morning.

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A lorry is trapped between two bollards on Opie Street, Norwich. Photo: Steve AdamsA lorry is trapped between two bollards on Opie Street, Norwich. Photo: Steve Adams

The MF Tyler lorry got stuck at about 8.30am today as the driver was travelling along Bedford Street and attempted to turn into Opie Street.

The driver did not want to talk about what happened, but it is understood he was following a Sat Nav.

Police and council officers were called to the scene to help free the vehicle, and Norwich City Council instructed its contractor Kier to remove and then replace the bollards.

The lorry was freed by about 10am this morning.

Rory Hill, manager of the Book Hive, on London Street, said: “The lorry was here when I came to work this morning.

“All sorts of nonsense happens here. The problem is that the whole street [London Street] is pedestrianised and so they have to give access for deliveries via Bedford Street.

“It’s just one of those problems because so many people need deliveries on Bedford Street. I don’t know what the solution is really.”

Chris Goodwin, who works for nearby Shears Hair Design, said: “It’s the first time I’ve seen a lorry stuck there. I think it got stuck just after 8.30am.”

MF Tyler is based in Stoke on Trent, in Staffordshire, and the road haulage and transport business has been running for more than 30 years.

19 comments

  • what were the green jacket parking storm troopers doing standing about there, on the Video, no doubt put a ticket on it, then should be out about getting there quota of parking tickets compleated

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    Melvyn Parkerson

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • Ubless u do the job n understand it keep ur comments to urselves until uv done the job n understand wat these drivers have to do. They r told to make deliveries and given an postcode n company name nothin else roads change all the time how r these haulage companies supposed to keep up with the councils decisions!!

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    Bethany Tomlinson

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • I agree with Maureen, they ignore the dangerous parking situations, until it's too late of course!!!!

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    melalmighty

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • ...nor poor spelling

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    Lucioperca

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • If all you people who want lorries banned from citytown centres can come up with a cost effective way of getting goods to YOUR shops please make your suggestions

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    slugear

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • vehicles this size should be banned from these small streets, but no doubt the police would ignore it

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    Derek McDonald

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • Why is it that lorry drivers always blame their SatNav? Why not try using your eyes and common sense instead?

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    Bruce87

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • we already have a place near the center of town where freight could be delivered and then distributed out to the shops, its called the railway station.

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    eggy12

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • I don't mean to be pedantic but the people on here complaining about the vehicles prove they are completely ignorant, this particular lorry appears to be able to weigh 44tonnes. This ignorance shows as you drive around the ring road and other places in the city where there is very little tolerance for the size of the vehicles. At the end of the day we all need food, clothes etc we haven't quite mastered how to teleport goods yet but until that day we are going to have to deal with what is really the small inconvenience lorries create. People who live in the city center probably wouldn't want lorries going past there houses flats at night time. So next time you see a lorry struggling stop and think does the driver really want to be going through these really narrow unpleasant streets to drive on because I am fairly sure they would prefer to be driving up an down the M11 but the fact is there are no shops there!

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    rog

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • Lol, wonder what the comments would of been on here if and when there is a fire in this street and you need to get a fire service hydraulic platform along there, as that won't fit either, perhaps you can park that at Thickthorn as well !!! and yes it would be better to do all the deliveries to City centre shop during the night when there is less traffic on the roads etc, but you would never get the shop managers and owners to open up and except a delivery. and they certainly would let you have a key to get in and out, so the lorries have to go in when the shops are open and navigate these streets,most of the larger lorries range from 30 feet to 40 feet and you can not park them like a car, and you can gurantee when you park a lorry up to do a delivery you will always get some DH in a car wanting to come trhough and be impatient. makes me laugh when you see a lorry even trying to drive round the outer ring road in Norwich how DH car drivers race to get past them on roundabouts and traffic lights. and the car gets squashed on the roundabout as the lorry needs more room to get round it, car drivers don't think full stop when it comes to lorries. and no I am not a truck driver...

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    Footyboy16

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • I agree, the HGV should not have been in this position to start with. Driver lacking common sense! But to all you anti HGV brigade who want a distribution centre at Thickthorn. Who's going to pay for this stupid idea? Extra vehicles, fuel, drivers wages, shop staff wages? You lot would be the first to whinge when your having to pay extra for all your everyday essentials.

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    Lord Midlands

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • I'm going up Norwich Lanes Daisy!

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    Broadly Norfolk

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • Slugear, ban large vehicles to City where there are restrictions i.e places like Bedford Street, 41 ton lorries are two big, make them use a smaller vehicle, why should our City be ruined by these large vehicles, we have to pay for any repairs

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    Derek McDonald

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • Certainly need it Merry when confronted with some aspects of the way Norwich is treated. The comment about the size of the lorry seems relevant-we must all have seen relatively large lorries doing multiple drops of quite small amounts of cargo. In the street in question, what is the driver to do if there is no alternative route? If the sat nav does not keep up with changes to street furniture like bollards and if the city council does not warn drivers of restricted turning space how does a company know what size of lorry is appropriate for the delivery-do haulage companies take this sort of thing into account?

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    Daisy Roots

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • Norwich Lanes-it is like nails down a blackboard. This is not Brighton ! If anyone can show me evidence that this was in use before Jarrolds and other retailers came up with the marketing campaign a few years ago I will pipe down, but I can't remember anyone saying I'm going up Norwich Lanes. I loathe it.

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    Daisy Roots

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • @slugear .... here is a bit of radical thinking. Somewhere close to Thickthorn build a large freight loadingoffloading depot. HGVs only travel on teh main arterial routes and off-load at the depot and a fleet of smaller vansflatbed trucks distribute the freight around the city ... AT NIGHT to stop the city getting clogged by slow moving trucks during rush hour nor lanes getting partly blocked by trucks off-loading. In this instance you have a 38ton HGV stuck during a delivery and there is no way that entire trailer load would have gone into the same shop. Jarrolds is the only shop in that area that could remotely take that much freight in one go. I hop ethe bill for this work gets sent to the haulage company for employing such an imbecile driver. Bruce87 is right, these guys know the size of their vehicles so why blindly rely on sat nav when his own eyes would be telling him things aren't right. There is no excuse for bad maneouvering or porr judgement.

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    Lucioperca

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • Nothing done about big lorrie on our rds to our homes .bigger lorries between parked cars .Waiting on something to happen

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    maureenmarney@aol.com

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • @slugear .... here is a bit of radical thinking. Somewhere close to Thickthorn build a large freight loadingoffloading depot. HGVs only travel on teh main arterial routes and off-load at the depot and a fleet of smaller vansflatbed trucks distribute the freight around the city ... AT NIGHT to stop the city getting clogged by slow moving trucks during rush hour nor lanes getting partly blocked by trucks off-loading. In this instance you have a 38ton HGV stuck during a delivery and there is no way that entire trailer load would have gone into the same shop. Jarrolds is the only shop in that area that could remotely take that much freight in one go. I hop ethe bill for this work gets sent to the haulage company for employing such an imbecile driver. Bruce87 is right, these guys know the size of their vehicles so why blindly rely on sat nav when his own eyes would be telling him things aren't right. There is no excuse for bad maneouvering or porr judgement.

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    Lucioperca

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • Ubless u do the job n understand it keep ur comments to urselves until uv done the job n understand wat these drivers have to do. They r told to make deliveries and given an postcode n company name nothin else roads change all the time how r these haulage companies supposed to keep up with the councils decisions!!

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    Bethany Tomlinson

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

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