I have to wait three HOURS to get out of my carpark over ridiculous traffic – it's a nightmare
WEARY residents living next to a gridlocked retail park are facing a massive THREE-HOUR wait to leave their homes by car.
Fuming locals have complained about the “ridiculous” extra time it now takes to drive to work, do the school run and go shopping.
One mum, whose home is beside a large roundabout leading to the popular Kingsway Retail Park in Derby, now resorts to staring out of her first-floor lounge window to see how long the queues are.
Teaching assistant Nicola Gaskin, 37, explained: “It is so ridiculous and at worst, on the odd occasion, it has taken me three hours to drive out of the car park and get onto the road.
“I now look out of the window before I need to go out, see when there appears to be a break in traffic then run down the stairs, jump into my car and try to get out as quickly as possible.”
The exasperated mum-of-two said: “As silly as it sounds that’s what it has come to.”
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NHS worker Rebecca Whitehall told how she sits in her car on a gridlocked island “for ages” staring longingly up at her apartment right opposite.
The paediatrician told The Sun Online: “I’m stuck on that roundabout for ages, not going anywhere, and I’m looking at my home and wishing I was back there having a cup of tea!
“The traffic is a nightmare and it’s getting worse. I’m sitting at the lights which have never worked and no one lets you go. It’s maddening!"
Rebecca now walks to work at the nearby Royal Derby Hospital but still needs to use her car for social events and shopping.
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Another householder Mel Cooley, living in the Tilia Homes development built four years ago, said: “It is much quicker to walk out and go half a mile down the road than drive.”
The problem stems from the new estate being situated beside a four-point island roundabout on busy A-roads which has traffic lights installed.
But these are permanently turned off to supposedly help improve the flow of vehicles.
As well as the gridlocked roads causing a major headache for residents coming and going, some taxi drivers are refusing to do drop-offs and pick-ups at the bustling retail park.
This is a major issue as it is home to a popular Sainsbury’s superstore, but one cabby insisted it's simply not worth serving it because it “takes forever to get out".
In addition, parents wanting to walk their kids to the nearby park can’t do so safely because there are no pelican crossings and the traffic lights have been disabled by the local council.
The council insists it is safer to have the crossings – which have been dormant since 2016 – switched off than on.
Each set of lights at the roundabout by The King’s Highway pub bears a sign stating: “Crossing not in use.”
Temporary salesman Wayne, working at the smart Tilia Homes showroom, told The Sun Online: “The whole area can get gridlocked.
"All the residents on the development are very concerned. There is no pedestrian crossing so people can’t cross the road safely to walk down to Sainsbury’s or to Markeaton Park.
“It has got worse in recent weeks but we have spoken to the local authority. We are on the case!”
But Wayne insisted: “We must get the lights up and working again!"
Tilia homes, where four bedrooms marionette-style properties sell for nearly £340,000, boasts in slogans adorning the showroom: “Find the home of your dreams.”’
Nicola, who bought her brand new house four years ago, said: “I don’t drive to the shops because it takes too long. I walk but then you’re limited in the amount you can buy and carry back up the hill.
"When you try to turn right out of the car park you are nearly on top of the roundabout and no one gives way so you are left queuing and queuing.
I don’t drive to the shops because it takes too long… I walk but then you’re limited in the amount you can buy and carry back up the hill
“I don’t know what the solution is. There doesn’t seem to be one. There is too much traffic on the ring road."
Spritely Susan Finney, 73, a retired office worker, said: “Some drivers let you cross but not many. When there's a break in the traffic they want to move on, they don’t care about you waiting to cross,
“I love walking, I do a lot of it and I certainly wouldn't want to get in a car."
While Mel, 57, a head of learning and development who works remotely, said: “I’m lucky that I can work from home but if I need to drive somewhere I’m stuck for 10 minutes or more each time getting out.
“I can walk out of my house and down towards the A38 in six minutes. In my car it would take me at least 20 minutes!”
Derby City Council decided to disable the pedestrian crossing at the island in 2016 to “improve traffic flow in the area.”
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A spokesperson said: "Traffic congestion in this area isn’t a new issue and there are a number of pre-existing factors which contribute to increased congestion.
"We are aware of these issues and continue to monitor the situation, however it is important to remember that the access road, internal roads and car parks within the retail park are not public highways and are therefore outside of the control of the council.”
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