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Preston and Leyland McDonald’s rammed as waste of police time slammed

Written by on June 3, 2020

Significant standstill traffic is reported after the reopening of a number of McDonald’s Drive Thrus in Lancashire.

Three sites in Preston reopened at 11am this morning (June 3), including Deepdale, Riversway and Capitol Centre while Leyland’s Churchill Way site is also operating once again.

It comes following months of closures for the fast food chain amid the coronavirus pandemic, although customers will still have to wait a while longer before delivery and sit-in services are available.

Across the country, McDonald’s reopenings have caused traffic mayhem as people queued for hours in their cars, backing up roads and roundabouts – and the scene in Lancashire has been no different with 17 restaurants opening today.

Lines of traffic have been reported across Preston due to the sites reopening, including queuing motorists in both directions on Mariners Way at Preston Docks, with congestion on Pedders Way to Whinfield Lane.

Traffic is also at a standstill on Churchill Way and Golden Hill Lane in Leyland, with police at the scene managing traffic.

Leyland traffic as McDonald’s reopening

One eye witness slammed the ‘waste of police resources’ as officers four officers were spotted at the Leyland McDonald’s.

A spokesperson for South Ribble Police said: “Please be aware that due to the reopening of McDonalds, Churchill Way Leyland, there may be problems with traffic queueing causing disruption. We are currently liaising with them to provide a solution.”

McDonald’s has also reopened drive thrus in Burnley, Blackburn, Darwen, Accrington, Blackpool, Chorley, Lancaster,Pendle and Rossendale.

The chain first closed its doors at the end of March in line with government guidance, and has only recently started trialling reopening.

McDonald’s did warn that the reopenings may take longer, with a range of new measures in place to ensure safety.

Speaking earlier this week a spokesperson for McDonald’s said: “This week we will reopen Drive-Thrus across the UK and Ireland, starting with 168 from 11am today. We will also see a further 22 restaurants open for McDelivery today.

“We are glad to be back but it will look a little different and may take a little longer, so please bear with us.”

New rules across sites include fewer employees in the kitchens, a limited menu with no breakfast or shakes for now and a spending limit of £25.