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Traffic chaos as retail park turned into one massive queue for McDonald’s

Written by on June 4, 2020

McDonald’s fans eager to get their Big Mac or Happy Meal fix have caused gridlock at a Preston retail park.

Pictures taken this evening (June 4) show dozens of cars snaking across the Capitol Centre car park as they wait to be served.

One eye witness told LancsLive: “The entire Capitol Centre is now just a McDonalds queue”.

A traffic map of the area shows motorists backing onto the A6 London Way.

Maccies shuttered sites in mid-March as the coronavirus crisis spread across the country, but has re-opened many of its drive-thrus over the last 72 hours.

The reopening has caused chaos across Lancashire’s roads in recent days with thousands of motorists queuing for miles to get their hands on burgers and fries.

McDonald’s said staff will use face coverings and gloves, while Perspex screens and social distancing measures have also been introduced.

The chain said it will continue to offer a limited menu over reduced hours and will cap spending at £25.

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.”

A number of Lancashire restaurants have already reopened in the county.

The full list includes:

  • Preston – Deepdale, Riversway and Capitol Centre
  • Leyland – Churchill Way
  • Burnley – McDonald’s Asda on Princess Way and Burnham
  • Blackburn – Ewood and Whiteburk
  • Darwen – J4 M65
  • Accrington – Hyndburn Road
  • Blackpool – Rigby Road, Cherry Tree Road and Squires Gate
  • Chorley – Clifford Street
  • Lancaster – Caton Road and Cheapside
  • Pendle – Colne
  • Rossendale – Rawtenstall and Haslingden Rising Bridge
  • Morecambe – Sunnyfield