Traffic chaos fears as McDonald’s gets ready to reopen North Staffordshire drive-thrus after some branches see two-hour queues


Concerns have been raised that the reopening of McDonald’s drive-thrus could lead to ‘dangerous’  traffic chaos on North Staffordshire’s roads.

The fast food giant has welcomed back customers to 33 branches across the country leading to mammoth queues – with some customers having to wait two hours for a meal.

In some cases, the police have even been called as people rushed to get their hands on burgers, fries and milkshakes.

Restaurants in the Stoke-on-Trent area are expected to be back up-and-running by early June although an exact date has not been revealed.

And some people are dreading the relaunch amid fears of long tailbacks on key routes such as the A34.

They have spoken out after customers stampeded to get one last Big Mac following the announcement all branches across the UK would close at 7pm on March 23 due to the coronavirus lockdwon.

McDonald’s has drive-thrus at Festival Park,  Sandyford, Chesterton, Trent Vale, Fenton, Longton, Meir Park, Norton Heights, Congleton and Stafford.

Queues outside McDonald’s in Chesterton

One resident said: “Having seen the huge queues that have formed at drive-thrus as they re-open, and given its location on a roundabout, it occurred to me driving down the A34 today that when McDonald’s opens at Chesterton the A34 is going to be chaos and quite dangerous.

“Traffic queuing for McDonald’s could cause a tailback which would be blind to anything coming off the roundabout. There’s not much distance to react. The tailback could even go on to the roundabout itself.”

Another worried driver said: “It’s going block all four roads leading to it, no-one will be able get around the roundabout safely.

“We might have to get police involved to make it safe and set up a queue system down the opposite side of A34.”

Another resident witnessed the chaos when McDonald’s announced they were closing.

She said: “I live opposite and there was a queue up to the roundabout when they announced they were closing. I imagine it will be worse when they reopen.”

A second said: “It was bad on the last day when it shut. You couldn’t cross the roundabout as both lanes on the A34 were blocked. It was a complete standstill. I’m assuming it’s going be exactly the same when it reopens. They’re prepared to risk their lives for a Big Mac.”

The McDonald’s queue in Sandyford

And a third added: “Getting off the retail park at Trent Vale will be impossible. It’s bad enough at weekends in normal times. We will have to go to a different Aldi for a few weeks until everyone has had their fill of McDonald’s.”

One resident fears there will be long delays outside the Sandyford branch.

She said: “There are two lanes on the A34 so at least people can queue in one lane and motorists can still drive in the other. But in Sandyford you wwill be stuck in traffic. It’s going to be a nightmare.”

Meanwhile, there are also concerns Festival Park will be gridlocked.

However, McDonald’s fans believe the queues will did down after a few days.

One said: “It will only be for the first day or so. From what I’ve seen from the London openings they have staff managing the queue.”





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