Tesco Traffic Blocks Ambulance

At around 11.27 yesterday, I saw one of the worst examples of loading related issues to date

There was one Tesco lorry in the loading bay, and another parked outside Around the World, on the corner of Bridge Road

In front of Oddbins, there was a lorry unloading- On the corner of St Margarets Road, at Broadway Avenue, a large 4×4 was parked on the double yellow lines.

An ambulance was trying to get up St Margarets Road, towards Richmond - Because all of the usual passing spots were taken up with lorries and illegally parked cars, there was no way that the ambulance could get through the two lines of traffic.

In the end, an H37 drove up onto the pavement at the foot of the railway bridge to make enough room for the ambulance to get past - But by that time vital minutes had passed.

— from our friends at SPASM

21 October 2006 | Category » editorial


Why oh why has the council not acted to resolve this major problem. Is it going to take a serious accident or god forbid, a death before the council take action ?

Joseph at 21 October 2006 11:25 PM

Isn’t there a back street tesco can use for the unloading?

alicia at 22 October 2006 3:07 AM

Never a warden or police officer when you need one.

mary at 26 October 2006 8:00 PM

Why this hysteria with regards to Tesco’s Deliveries, the bus driver is trained to deal with situations like this, that’s why the ambulance got by, If you were to do a proper survey over at least 14 hours each day from 07:00hrs to 21:00hrs I think you will find more 4×4’s, Builders vans & private cars obstructing this area of the St Margarets Road than delivery drivers, don’t forget Tesco’s are not the only shop that have deliveries, lets not just single them out, I think you will find that it is a Parking problem that is repeated in virtualy ever town in the UK.

Alsie at 3 November 2006 8:38 PM

I saw a accident last week outside Tesco. This was not caused by the van that was unloading at the time but by the parent of the child who could not be bothered to cross at the traffic lights.

Ian clavis at 14 November 2006 2:30 PM

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