Lack of signs on A46, says Car Colston petrol station owner

Car Colston filling station
Image caption Mr Pabla said the signage from the new A46 was so poor he had even been lost himself on one occasion

A Nottinghamshire petrol station owner has warned a lack of signs on a new road which bypasses his garage are causing motorists to run out of fuel.

Tarlochan Pabla, who runs the Car Colston filling station, said at least three motorists had walked to his garage after running out of petrol.

He said the exits on the new stretch of the A46 were confusing motorists and badly affecting his trade.

The road is part of a £350m project to widen the A46 in Nottinghamshire.

Mr Pabla said the signage was so poor he had even been lost himself on one occasion.

He said the new road had no facilities for motorists for about 30 miles and his station was now only used by people from the area who knew the roads.

'Safety priority'

The A46 between Widmerpool and Newark carries between 16,200 and 25,300 vehicles a day.

A Highways Agency spokesperson said: "There are no proposals for service areas to be provided on the new stretch of the A46 in the near future.

"Safety of road users is our top priority and so we have - exceptionally - agreed that signs can be provided for existing sites along the old A46 at their own expense."

Mr Pabla said he had been told he would have to pay between £45,000 to £85,000 for signage.

The agency said a planned new junction could help to bring cars past the garage.

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