25 Mar 2010

Satnav directions dismay South Canterbury town

12:55 pm on 25 March 2010

Promotional signs are being planned for a South Canterbury town because of suspicions satelitte navigation systems are telling travellers to avoid it.

Geraldine residents say they've noticed an increasing amount of traffic on two small country roads, bypassing the main highway which goes through the town.

The Geraldine Community Board says this is possibly due to tourists using GPS systems which direct them along the shortest route between two locations.

The Board says this is bad for tourism and unsafe, as those roads are not geared for such a high number of vehicles.

Timaru District Council has committed $15,000 for the signs.