‘They waved me into a hole’

Glenda England has had to pay out �180 for a new exhaust after she drove over a raised manhole cover on Fleetwood Road South roadworks
Glenda England has had to pay out �180 for a new exhaust after she drove over a raised manhole cover on Fleetwood Road South roadworks
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A DRIVER is demanding compensation from County Hall after her car was damaged by roadworks.

Glenda England has been left with a bill of £180 after the exhaust of her Nissan Almera Tino broke in two.

The 57-year-old had turned off Norcross roundabout on to Fleetwood Road South when she was met with a series of roadworks.

Mrs England, of Marine Parade, Fleetwood, claims a workman waved her down the road which, unbeknownst to her, had a massive bump in it.

It was only after she had driven over it, she realised the damage the uneven surface had caused.

She said: “It looked like re-surfacing works. There were lorries and diggers on the road and a workman directing the traffic. This workman waved me through.

“I went down a big bump in the road and my exhaust broke in two.

“It made a big bang. It wasn’t because of speed, I’d just come off the roundabout so was only going 10mph. It must have been a big ridge in the road.

“There were no signs to warn drivers of an uneven surface. To be guided down the road by one of the workmen, it’s awful.”

The damage happened around 2.30pm on Tuesday.

Mrs England has since contacted the Highways Department.

She added: “They said they’ve sent an inspector down and there’s nothing wrong with the road. They have put signs there now, but they weren’t there before.

“I’ve asked for a claim form to be sent to me so I’ll send that in.

“I want to object to the way I was led through.

“It’s very upsetting, I’ve only just got the car through its MOT and now this has caused a lot of damage.”

Sim Lane-Dixon, public realm manager, said: “We are carrying out essential resurfacing work on Fleetwood Road South, Thornton, as part of our ongoing maintenance programme.

“A one-way system is currently operating in the area affected so the repairs can take place safely.

“We are aware of this complaint and will look into the situation to see if any issues need to be resolved.”