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Barriers to be installed after sat-nav errors send vehicles down Edinburgh steps

Temporary barriers are to be installed on an Edinburgh street after sat-nav errors have sent a spate of drivers down a set of steps.

Images of stranded motorists have been widely shared on social media after GPS software failed to acknowledge the steps added to Greenside Lane last year.

City of Edinburgh Council said Google Maps has since updated its directions, while a request for a correction has been made to Apple Maps.

While this update is awaited, temporary barriers will be installed this week.

Councillor Scott Arthur, transport and environment convener, said: "The footpath in this area is incredibly busy, so these incidents are really concerning.

"While we would expect drivers to use common sense in a situation like this, we are going to install temporary barriers this week to prevent it happening again."

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Greenside Lane, next to The Theatre Royal Bar and along from Edinburgh Playhouse, was said to have been blocked off to traffic "some time ago" ahead of the steps being installed as part of the Trams to Newhaven tramline extension scheme.

Coun Arthur said the work was in compliance with the city's street design guidance and similar to other set-ups across Edinburgh, such as on the Lawnmarket.

He added: "No issues were raised as part of the road safety audit for the project and Google Maps was recently updated to reflect the new layout and a request for a correction has been sent to Apple Maps.

"Sat-nav is an incredibly useful tool, but it's no substitute for common sense. Cars and trucks don't go down steps."