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March resident calls for action over lorries using a narrow housing estate as a short cut




A worried resident is calling for action to help stop articulated lorries using a narrow housing estate as a short-cut.

The woman, who did not want to be named, said she will be contacting local councillors in a bid to stop the 40ft long artics which have been using Russell Avenue and Peyton Avenue in March as a cut through from Wisbech Road to Norwood Road.

She said in recent years more and more of the large lorries are using the road following their sat navs which are giving it as the shortest route and she fears there will be a 'serious accident' if nothing is done about the situation.

Russell Avenue and adjoining Peyton Avenue in March have become a short cut for articulated lorries. (18960931)
Russell Avenue and adjoining Peyton Avenue in March have become a short cut for articulated lorries. (18960931)

Her call comes after a lorry using Russell Avenue last Monday found itself wedged along side a parked car, causing serious damage to the 4x4 and blocking the road while the incident was dealt with.

She said: "It happened right outside my house, so I saw what had gone on. The car was seriously damaged. My husband went out to speak to the lorry driver who said he had been following his sat nav.

"While the lorry was stuck two cars, one in each direction decided they couldn't wait for the road to be cleared and they simply mounted the path and drove along and across people's front gardens.

"Luckily there were no pedestrians around and it wasn't school time because it could have ended badly.

"Russell Avenue and Peyton Avenue are narrow and not built for 40ft artics, something needs to be done to stop them coming down here. I really fear something terrible will happen before too long. There are a lot of elderly people and families with young children living down here and the lorries are making it dangerous for them."

She added: "What I would like to see is some signs at either end - at Wisbech Road and at Norwood Road - saying the route is not suitable for articulated lorries.

"I know the council has lots of things it needs to spend its money on, but I hope they will be able to find some for the signs - it could save someone's life."



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