UK historic bridges in danger from drivers using GPS

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Britain's historic bridges, buildings and roads are under threat from drivers blithely following satellite navigation directions, a conservation society warned yesterday.

Among those which have been damaged by traffic driving down unsuitable roads is a 200-year-old bridge in Oxfordshire, a 300-year-old cottage in Greater Manchester and Pevensey Castle in East Sussex, according to the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings.

Phillip Venning, the society's secretary, said the cost of repairing some of the damage to the buildings had run into thousands of pounds.

"Blind reliance on satellite navigation is fast becoming a serious issue for old buildings as motorists are directed to use ancient lanes and narrow country roads that might have posed a problem for horse-drawn carriages," he said.

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