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Sat Nav triggers chaos in a Poplar road

PUBLISHED: 18:00 17 December 2009 | UPDATED: 15:23 05 October 2010

NEIGHBOURS claim they are being plagued by noisy lorries getting stuck on their quiet East End road because Satellite Navigation Systems are sending drivers the wrong way. Residents say heavy good vehicles trying to access Blackwall Trading Estate in

NEIGHBOURS claim they are being "plagued" by noisy lorries getting stuck on their quiet East End road because Satellite Navigation Systems are sending drivers the wrong way.

Residents say heavy good vehicles trying to access Blackwall Trading Estate in Poplar are damaging their parked cars as they try to squeeze themselves through the narrow Oban Street.

This is because the Satellite Navigation Systems are sending the HGVs down Portree Street to reach the entrance into the trading estate but bollards blocking off the end of the road means that drivers are being forced to turn left into Oban Street.

And lorry drivers are also using Oban Street as well as nearby Leven Road and Abbotts Road as a "rat run" to reach the A12 and A13.

Resident Carmel Tonna who spoke at the Tower Hamlets council meeting on Wednesday last week, called for road signs around the trading estate to redirect drivers.

He said: "We are being plagued by HGVs coming down Oban Street, damaging our cars and waking us up every morning."

The council agreed to a motion put forward by ward councillor Ohid Ahmed that the area would be "access only" and drivers who use these roads as a "rat run" would be fined.

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