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England riots prove troublesome for drivers

By: Ashley Curtis
11 August 2011

Logistics recruitment firms may want to reroute their driver's journeys due to riots forcing road closures across the nation.

Road closures in particularly damaged areas like Croydon and Hackney are still in place while Birmingham and Liverpool may face road closures due to widespread rioting in the area.

RWFreight suggests the logistics industry has been hit hard by the rioting, with a 20,000 sq metre distribution centre in Enfield burned to the ground. Several major retailers "closed stores early on police advice" while "deliveries to the affected town were disrupted".

It is hoped the vast majority of roads, tube stations and other areas of transport will resume full services by the end of the week, providing their is no more disruption on city streets.

Previous road closures include a section of Fitzwilliam Street in Salford, a section of West Bromwich High Street in the West Midlands and the A112 Prince Regent Lane in East Ham, reports The Mirror.

Trouble in the area around Gallions Reach shopping centre meant the closure of a section of the A1020 in Beckton, south London.

London's Transport Commissioner Peter Hendy hailed the staff keeping services operation, stating: "Staff right across London's transport networks are doing a simply outstanding job and they deserve Londoner's thanks and support. We continue to work very closely with our colleagues in the Metropolitan Police to ensure we keep London moving."

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