Petrol station ‘is causing tailbacks’

QUEUING motorists waiting to use a supermarket petrol station are creating dangerous tailbacks in a busy road, Skegness Town Council heard last week.

One resident claimed the problem has become so bad that they described Wainfleet Road as ‘impassible’ when cars were waiting to use Morrison’s petrol pumps.

Dell Claxton of Sandringham Drive, spoke of his concern over the road becoming so congested it may cause an accident at last Wednesday’s Skegness Town Council meeting.

Speaking the following day, he said: “Just this morning (Thursday) it’s chocker again! There’s a huge tailback in the road and I’m concerned about oncoming traffic trying to get by, the cars will try to swerve around and eventually they will go bang and there will be an accident.”

Mr Claxton also raised the issue of emergency service vehicles trying to use the road.

“It’s not just the cars, it’s the emergency service vehicles, it’s okay them using blue lights but if there is nowhere for the other cars to move then how will they get by?”

Insp Terry Ball for Lincolnshire Police present at the meeting, said: “On Monday, Morrisons were doing cheap petrol and it was going right back into Lumley Road and Richmond Drive. It was all in that area.”

He also said it was making the road impassible for service vehicles to get through.

Talks have been ongoing over the years regarding Morrisons creating an alternative access to the petrol station through the carpark.

Coun Ken Milner said he felt it was ‘horrendous’ and if it wasn’t sorted there would have to be yellow boxes on the road to stop that. He claimed Morrisons had been given the chance by LCC Highways to sort it out themselves.

Mr Claxton also felt that even buses were struggling to get through with the increased traffic.

“It’s the buses too. They’ve got a schedule to stick to and I saw two jam-packed in this morning (last Thursday).”

Conditions were also fraught when the petrol strike fear hit the country back in March. The problem was eventually resolved when Unite, a union representing tanker drivers, ruled out the threatened strike action.

A spokesperson for Morrisons said: “The petrol station at the store can be very busy on certain days, particularly when the town attracts large numbers of visitors. We are looking at ways in which queuing on the main road can be minimised.”