Shop­pers stuck in Asda car park ‘for an hour’

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS -

FRUS­TRATED su­per­mar­ket shop­pers were stuck ‘for an hour’ in a store car park be­cause tem­po­rary traf­fic lights caused havoc on the road nearby.

The drama un­folded at the Asda store on Pilsworth Road in Pilsworth, Bury.

Cus­tomer Susie Walsh, 36, from Unsworth, said: “It was pan­de­mo­nium. It was bumper to bumper in the car park. No­body would give an inch.”

She said she re­ported it to the su­per­mar­ket man­ager who ap­peared to speak to work­men at build­ing works close to the store.

Tem­po­rary traf­fic lights have been put in place at a round­about near the su­per­mar­ket while the work con­tin­ues, she said.

Susie added that the Asda man­ager spoke to work­men and the tim­ings on the lights was changed, al­low­ing the cars stuck in the car park to leave.

She said: “We were stuck for a good hour. There are four tem­po­rary traf­fic lights on the round­about out­side the su­per­mar­ket. It was ridicu­lous. We only went to the phar­macy to get a pre­scrip­tion. It was a mis­take. There were hun­dreds of cars all grid­locked.”

The car park grid­lock ap­peared to have been re­leased by 3pm on Thurs­day.

A spokesman for Bury council said a firm was lay­ing elec­tric­ity ca­bles for a new de­vel­op­ment on the site. He said council of­fi­cials had asked the firm to stop its work at the end of Thurs­day and come back in Fe­bru­ary dur­ing school half term, when the im­pact on traf­fic will be less­ened.

A spokesman for con­trac­tors Power On Con­nec­tions, which is work­ing on the site, said: “We apol­o­gise for any dis­rup­tion or in­con­ve­nience caused, as we al­ways look to min­imise this where pos­si­ble.

“As a re­sult of this morn­ing, we have now closed down the works and tem­po­rally re­moved the traf­fic lights to re­store nor­mal traf­fic flow at the round­about that was caus­ing the con­ges­tion.”

Asda has been con­tacted for a com­ment.

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